Six Traits of Writing Lesson Plans - Informational

This bundle includes 18 lessons plans that teach the six traits of writing (ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, and conventions) and is intended for grades K-5 within informational writing. These lesson plans were developed as a resource to support teachers in teaching the six traits using the mentor texts and lesson ideas that were expanded upon from the book The Writing Thief, by Ruth Culham, which is a trait-based strategy to assess and teach writing. All ideas and verbiage from The Writing Thief are clearly cited directly back to the book.
Each trait comes with three lesson plans for grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5. The lessons are designed for** differentiation** so you could use the lessons below, at or above the grade level you teach. You could teach the ‘at grade level’ lesson to your whole group, enrich or accelerate using the ‘above grade level’ lessons in small groups and use the ‘below grade level’ lessons for your struggling readers and writers in small groups as well.

This product includes:

**A list of many popular mentor texts
18 lesson plans:

Grades K-1: Ideas-Sparking Ideas

Grades 2-3: Ideas- Getting Focused

Grades 4-5: Ideas: Choosing a Topic

Grades K-1: Ending With a Sense of Closure

Grades 2-3: Organization: Creating the Lead

Grades 4-5: Organization: Developing the Body

Grades K-1: Voice: Creating Voice

Grades 2-3: Voice: Establishing a Tone

Grades 4-5: Voice: Conveying The Purpose

Grades K-1: Sentence Fluency: Breaking the “Rules” to Create Fluency

Grades 2-3: Sentence Fluency: Crafting Well Built Sentences

Grades 4-5: Sentence Fluency: Varying Sentence Patterns

Grades K-1: Word Choice: Using Creative Words and Phrases

Grades 2-3: Word Choice: Using Language Effectively

Grades 4-5: Word Choice: Using Strong Action Words

Grades K-1: Conventions: Checking Spelling

Grades 2-3: Conventions: Using Commas Correctly

Grades 4-5: Conventions: Using Capitalization Correctly

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