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Classroom Discipline Forum Will Support New and Veteran Educators by Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief
Six Traits of Writing Forum by Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief
Ideas for Welcoming Teachers & Students Back to School by Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief
Classroom Rules??? by Bill Page
Learning Your Students' Names: Fun, Fast, Easy and Important by Bill Page
Making 2002-2003 The Best Year Ever by Bill Page
Your Summer Reading List: The Process of Change in a School System by Dr. Rob Reilly
Beware of the Standards, Not Just the Tests by Alfie Kohn
The Importance of Reading Aloud by Lisa Frase
Dear Old Golden Rule Days, Chapter 2 - Creative Activities by Janet Farquhar
Objection overruled, or You can always go to law school if things don't work out by Taylor Mali
Dealing with Dishonesty by Tom Lucey
The Maiden Week by P R Guruprasad
Is Learning to Read Easier Than Learning to Play the Piano? by Grace Vyduna-Haskins
School was GREAT today because... by Linda Todd
The New Teacher and Coping With Special Needs Students in the Classroom by Dave Melanson
Learning About Community Service by Jay Davidson
Book Reviews - We Can Work It Out: Creating Peace in the Home & Songs for Howard Gray by Susan Gingras Fitzell
Summer Recess by Joy Jones
Tips On Time Management by Jan
Class Books Around the Year Compiled by Terry
Literacy Centers Organization by Catherine Thornton
Why the Center Approach? from The Mentor Center
Classroom Teachers' Management Tips (Part II) from the Chatboards
Why Teach? by Lynda L. Hinkle
4 Blocks Literacy Tips: Storing "Making Words" Materials from: The Mentor Center
How to Encourage Substitute Teachers to Return to Your School by Lucy, Substitute Teacher
Teaching Students To Discuss Controversial Public Issues from: ERIC Clearinghouse
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New at Teachers.Net...

Six Traits of Writing Forum

by Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief

Teachers.Net has added a Six Traits of Writing Chatboard forum for the discussion of a writing model implemented by teachers of elementary and other grades in a growing number of districts across the country. A Six Traits of Writing email discussion group has been active for several years at Teachers.Net.

According to Ginny Hoover, Teachers.Net Gazette Columnist and author of the Teacher TimeSavers Hookups for Six Traits (Six Traits class response/tutorial and scoring card patterns for students and teachers), "Six Traits is a writing model for both instruction and assessment. The Six Traits rubrics are well written and encourage growth in writing. Since the instruction and assessment utilize the same set of rubrics, students have the opportunity to work toward quality writing with the assurance that their efforts will align with assessment."

Hoover explained, "When teachers work with Six Traits, they find they have a comprehensive set of rubrics for instruction, a set of objective tools for assessing the needs and growth of their students, and a explicit guide for scoring writing objectively--all in one model. Yet, teachers will find they still have the freedom to make decisions on the methods of instruction. It is not a patterned writing program."

The Six Traits are: Ideas & Content, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions. Each emphasizes different but important writing skills. For example, Word Choice encourages children to select just the right word without losing the "natural" sound for the writer. Students learn how to express their unique writing individuality with the Voice trait. The model helps students realize that without well-developed Ideas and Content along with appropriate Organization, the quality of the writing may be poor even with perfect Conventions.

Additional information about each of the 6 traits is contained in transcripts of Teachers.Net live chats at

In addition to the new Six Traits Chatboard, the Teachers.Net English Center includes forums for discussions of Books & Literature, Reading & Writing, High School English, Accelerated Reader, Remedial Reading/Reading Recovery, 4 Blocks Literacy, Buiilding Blocks Literacy (for Kindergarten). The chatboards can be accessed at

Archived Transcripts of Six Traits Analytic Writing Model Live Chats
Browse the latest 25 posts from the 6 Traits Chatboard: