I have been using The 6 Traits in my primary grade classroom for several years. Over the years, I have tried many different rubrics. I finally decided to create my own.
When teaching the traits, I begin with a broad overview of all of the traits. Then I teach each one in depth. As students learn to apply each trait to their writing, I assess using the rubrics.
At the beginning of the year, I am only assessing for ideas. As students learn more traits, they are accountable for those as well. We usually are using the full 6 Trait rubric by the second semester.
By using a “growing” rubric, students are able to develop their writing skills gradually. They continue to use and be accountable for the traits that we have learned.
This product includes a "growing" rubric for each of the 6 traits. The first rubric is only for ideas. The second rubric includes ideas and organizations. The third rubric includes ideas, organization, and voice. The rubrics continue to grow in this way with the last rubric including all of the traits.