This is step by step lesson plans to teach writing, focusing on the 6 traits attribute of ideas. Using picture books as an example, the lesson includes before, during, and after reading instruction for the teacher. a writing activity for each book is included. Students use the picture book as a guide for their own writing. Allowing students to use a book as a starting point for writing gives guidance and allows students to scaffold off the picture book. As students see their successful writing, they will venture more on their own in their writing. Multiple picture books are suggested for teachers to select. Common core standards are listed for 4th grade but can apply to other grades as well.