The mini-lessons shared within these web pages are based on Ruth Culham’s 6 + 1 Traits of Writing.  Like her books, these lessons are closely linked with assessment.  By understanding the language of the Traits, and “having a common language for writing assessment, we can provide students with precise, complete feedback on their writing performance.”  (p. 5, Culham) Positive, descriptive feedback encourages writers to take chances, try new strategies, and develop a strong metacognitive understanding about the skills associated with quality writing.

Carol Walters

SD #71 K-7 District Curriculum Support Teacher,

Comox Valley, Vancouver Island