Six Traits of Writing Lesson Plans: Narrative, Informational & Persuasive Gr K-1

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-1 within narrative, informational and persuasive/opinion/argument writing. Some of these lesson plans were developed as a resource to support teachers in teaching the six traits using the mentor texts and lesson ideas expanded upon from the book The Writing Thief, by Ruth Culham, a trait-based strategy to assess and teach writing. All ideas and verbiage from The Writing Thief are clearly sited back to the book itself.

The lessons are designed to be completed during one writer’s workshop period, which is typically 45-60 minutes. Approximately 15-20 minutes of the workshop time should be devoted to a quick, teacher led mini lesson, the teaching point, “I do”, while the remaining time of the workshop time should be devoted to students for active engagement and student interaction, “You do,” and writing independently. In some cases, the active engagement piece may take a few writer’s workshop sessions for students to complete. It is during that time that writing time that the most important instruction takes place: conferring with students or meeting with small groups with the same need for instruction.

Narrative Lessons

Grades K-1: Ideas-Choosing a Topic

Grades K-1: Organization- Using Sequence and Transition Words

Grades K-1: Voice: Connecting To Your Audience

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

Grades K-1: Word Choice: Selecting Striking Words and Phrases

Grades K-1: Conventions: Checking Spelling

Informational Lessons

Grades K-1: Ideas: Sparking Ideas

Grades K-1: Ending With a Sense of Closure

Grades K-1: Voice: Creating Voice

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

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

Grades K-1: Conventions: Checking Spelling

Persuasive/Argument/Opinion Lessons

Grades K-1: Ideas: Focusing The Topic

Grades K-1: Organization: Using Sequence & Transition Words

Grades K-1: Voice: Conveying The Purpose

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

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

Grades K-1: Conventions: Inserting Capitalization

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