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Teachers, are you getting started with trait-based writing? How will you make sure your students “get” the six traits? Start by introducing Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions to your elementary- or middle-schoolers using our free, downloadable mini-lessons.

Elementary Mini-Lessons
Recommended for Grades 2–5


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Middle School Mini-Lessons
Recommended for Grades 6–8


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The mini-lessons above are concise PowerPoint presentations that you can download and customize (or not). Use them to teach students that the traits are the specific elements that writers focus upon in the writing process. They are the six observable, assessable, revisable, and editable features that characterize all writing.

Following a clear explanation of the featured trait, each mini-lesson walks through a rough draft of a writing passage followed by the same passage revised or edited to improve the focus trait.

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