SIX WRITING TRAITS
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DDN Curriculum Unit Components and Clarification:
Unit of Study Title – Writers in Evolution
Topic Area – Language Arts / Writing
Grade Level – Third through Fifth
Time Frame – Six one week sections
Key Words: ideas and organization, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, presentation, traits
Unit Designer Name - Stacy Oltmanns
Unit Designer E-mail – http://so024.k12.sd.us
Peer Reviewer Name – Nikki Bartscher
Peer Reviewer E-mail –
SD Content Standard Indicators
Indicator 2: Students will use appropriate style, organization, and form in technical, transactional, creative, and personal writing.
Indicator 2: Students will evaluate the use of patterns of organizations, literary elements, and literary devices within various texts.
SD Content Standard Benchmarks
Brief Summary of Unit (Include curriculum and unit goals.)
This unit will explore the six traits of writing, ideas and content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. The students will examine each trait using writing samples, their own writing, and published works. The students will be asked to do different activities that will clarify and refine their abilities to perform each trait. The students will also be using different forms of writing to emphasize the importance of each trait. Lastly we will be using published works of literature to point out the use of the traits.
Students will understand? (What enduring understandings are desired?)
The students will…
understand each of the six traits.
What essential questions will guide this unit and focus teaching and learning?
What makes writing something that you want
to keep reading?
What key knowledge and skills will students acquire as a result of this unit?
The student will understand the roll and the importance of the six traits. They will be able to define and identify each trait.
The students will be writing using different forms and styles. Their writing will be assessed using rubrics concentrating on the trait or traits that are currently being studied.
Internet Resource Link
6 + 1 Writing Traits
6 + 1 Traits of Writing Rubric
Lesson Plans using the Traits