In 2007, a group of Nevada teachers sat down with my wonderful wife (Dena) and created this trait-inspired metaphor and poster set.
Here is that set of posters/charts that we happily share with you--straight from our classrooms to yours. We hope these materials inspire your students to accurately use more academic language during your classroom writing workshop times.
They have done wonders for our students.
Supplemental resources that complement these posters can be freely accessed at WritingFix--http://writingfix.com/traits.htm--which is the website we keep online ever since the Northern Nevada Writing Project lost its ability to pay for the site's upkeep.