Review: Six Writing Traits Lessons on Teachers Pay Teachers
The Six Writing Traits Lessons download packet is available
for free on Teachers Pay Teachers. The packet contains six lesson plans for
teaching beginning readers and writers about aspects of good writing. Each
lesson covers one aspect – ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence
fluency, and convention.
The lessons laid out in this packet cover a wide range of
story-related analyses, many of which involve being exposed to sample stories. Over
the course of these six lessons, students will examine a printed story or
excerpt to count the number of sentences and comment on things like varying
sentence length; listen to classmates read the same sentence to learn about an
author’s voice; discuss how word choice contributes to mental imagery; and
write their own class story. All of the
six topics covered in these lesson plans are foundational, and the activities
do a fantastic job of guiding young minds through the basic but crucial
concepts of writing.
The lesson plan packet is marked for kindergarten and first
grade classes, but I think the lessons it teaches could be extended to second
and possibly even third grades without much modification. Realistically,
though, the wide range of literary analysis that the lessons guide students
through is important not only for young writers, but intermediate and even
advanced writers. And while most high schoolers might not gain anything new
from these exact lessons, English instructors may find some ideas in here to
remind their teenagers of what makes well-written literature and what kinds of
questions go into a literary critique.
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