Six Traits of Writing Mini Lessons: Narrative

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  1. The ultimate BUNDLE includes 54 mini lessons that teach the six traits of writing (ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, and conventions) and is intended for grades K-5 within all 3 genres (18 mini lessons in each) of informational, narrative and persuasive/narrative/opinion wri
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This bundle includes 18 mini lessons (brief teacher led mini lessons about 10-15 minutes long) that teach the six traits of writing (ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, and conventions) and is intended for grades K-5 within narrative writing. These lesson plans were developed as a resource to support teachers in teaching the six traits using the mentor texts and lesson ideas that were expanded upon from the book The Writing Thief, by Ruth Culham, which is a trait-based strategy to assess and teach writing. All ideas and verbiage from The Writing Thief are clearly cited directly back to the book.

Each trait comes with three lesson plans for grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5. The lessons are designed for differentiation so you could use the lessons below, at or above the grade level you teach. You could teach the ‘at grade level’ lesson to your whole group, enrich or accelerate using the ‘above grade level’ lessons in small groups and use the ‘below grade level’ lessons for your struggling readers and writers in small groups as well.

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A list of mentor texts (read alouds) needed for each lesson. These can be borrowed from your school library. Some mini lessons require certain passages which are included. See preview for a list of mentor texts.

18 mini lessons:

Grades K-1: Ideas-Choosing a Topic

Grades 2-3: Ideas- Getting Focused

Grades 4-5: Ideas- Choosing a Topic

Grades K-1: Organization- Using Sequence and Transition Words

Grades 2-3: Organization: Developing the Body

Grades 4-5: Organization: Endings: Providing a Sense of Closure

Grades K-1: Voice: Connecting To Your Audience

Grades 2-3: Voice: Taking Risks to Create Voice

Grades 4-5: Voice: Conveying The Purpose

Grades K-1: Sentence Fluency: Breaking the “Rules” to Create Fluency

Grades 2-3: Sentence Fluency: Crafting Well Built Sentences

Grades 4-5: Sentence Fluency: Varying Sentence Patterns

Grades K-1: Word Choice: Selecting Striking Words and Phrases

Grades 2-3: Word Choice: Using Strong Verbs

Grades 4-5: Word Choice: Using Specific & Accurate Words

Grades K-1: Conventions: Checking Spelling

Grades 2-3: Conventions: Using Exclamation Marks Correctly

Grades 4-5: Conventions: Using Capitalization Correctly

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