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100 Trait-Specific Comments
Providing constructive feedback on writing is essential for helping students improve their skills. With this time-saving tool from writing expert Ruth Culham, you'll have more than 100 just-right comments at your fingertips.
Grades 3 – 5
Ruth Culham

 
 

100 Trait-Specific Comments: Middle School
In this guide, Ruth Culham provides 100 trait-specific comments that address essential writing skills. The comments are correlated to the all-new middle school scoring guides, according to six performance levels—rudimentary, emerging, developing, refining, strong, and exceptional—making it easy to pinpoint areas of need and target instruction.
Grades 6 – 8
Ruth Culham

 
 

180 Trait-Specific Comments: Grades K-2
Whether your students are just beginning to write or crafting whole sentences, useful, encouraging feedback is essential to their growth. In this guide, Ruth Culham provides over 180 just-right trait-specific comments, plus a K-2 scoring guide for each trait, to help you assess writing.
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham

 
 

40 Reproducible Forms for the Writing Traits Classroom
From the author of 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide comes this collection of essential forms for assessing students, planning instruction, communicating with parents, and teaching forms of writing.
Grades 3 – 8
Ruth Culham; Amanda Wheeler

 
 

6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Grades
Why has the 6+1 TRAIT model had such a tremendous impact on writing instruction? Because it works. It allows teachers to pinpoint students' strengths and weaknesses in ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation, and focus instruction. Now Culham turns her expert eye to our youngest students. Like her groundbreaking guide for grades 3 and up, her new book contains scoring guides, sample papers, and focus lessons for each trait, but framed to address K-2 teachers' needs.
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham

 
 

6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide: Grades 3 & Up
Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, and Presentation. Look at good writing in any genre, and you'll find these traits. Think of them as the fuel that stokes the engine of writing.
Grades 3 – 12
Ruth Culham

 
 

Daily Trait Warm-Ups: 180 Revision and Editing Activities to Kick Off Writing Time
Ruth Culham targets specific skills with short, powerful activities that help students gain independence and confidence as they revise their work for ideas, organization, voice, word choice, and sentence fluency, and edit it for conventions.
Grades 3 – & Up
Ruth Culham

 
 

Getting Started With the Traits: Grades 3-5
For intermediate-grade teachers who want to weave the traits into their writing program but are unsure where to begin, help has arrived! This book contain just what they need to get started: trait-focused lessons, activities, reproducibles, scoring guides, conference comments, scored sample papers, children's book lists, and teaching tips.
Grades 3 – 5
Ruth Culham; Raymond Coutu

 
 

Getting Started With the Traits: Grades K-2
For primary-grade teachers who want to weave the traits into their writing program but are unsure where to begin, help has arrived! This book contain just what they need to get started: trait-focused lessons, activities, reproducibles, scoring guides, conference comments, scored sample papers, children's book lists, and teaching tips.
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham; Raymond Coutu

 
 

Inside the Writing Traits Classroom
In these exciting lessons, primary students embrace the traits to improve their writing.
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham

 
 

Month-by-Month Trait-Based Writing Instruction
In this comprehensive resource, two veteran primary teachers share a multi-faceted approach to teaching writing that seamlessly combines the use of powerful mentor texts, strategy lessons, and the traits—ideas, organization, word choice, voice, sentence fluency, and conventions.
Grades K – 2
Maria P. Walther; Katherine Phillips

 
 

Reproducible Forms for the Writing Traits Classroom: K-2
From the author of 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Grade comes this collection of essential forms for assessing students, planning instruction, communicating with parents, and teaching the writing process
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham

 
 

Reproducible Forms for the Writing Traits Classroom: Middle School
This time-saving resource is essential to any middle school teacher dedicated to providing high-quality writing instruction, whether she's new to the traits or has been applying them for years.
Grades 6 – 8
Ruth Culham

 
 

Teaching the Craft of Writing: Elaboration
In this concise and thoughtful guide, veteran teacher and children’s author Lola Schaefer offers classroom-tested strategies that help students elaborate effectively. Lessons on choosing precise nouns and verbs, developing an extensive vocabulary, creating powerful comparisons, questioning the writing, and showing emotions through action help students enrich their writing.
Grades 2 – 4
Lola Schaefer

 
 

Teaching the Craft of Writing: Ideas
A concise and thoughtful guide that helps teachers get students to generate meaningful writing ideas. Veteran teacher and children’s book author Lola Schaefer demonstrates how to help students find ideas that matter—in everyday life, in books, through careful observation, by wondering about the world, and by sketching images and taking photographs, among other strategies. An essential resource for any writing teacher.
Grades 2 – 4
Lola Schaefer

 
 

Teaching the Craft of Writing: Leads & Endings
This concise and thoughtful guide offers lessons and strategies for creating powerful leads and memorable endings. Drawing on quality children’s literature, Kathleen Hurni-Dove shows how to use exemplars to inspire students and show them the variety of possibilities for leads and endings, which helps students move beyond Hi my name is ________ and The End
Grades 2 – 4
Kathleen Hurni-Dove

 
 

Teaching the Craft of Writing: Organization
A concise and thoughtful guide that helps teachers get students to generate meaningful writing ideas. Veteran teacher and children’s book author Lola Schaefer demonstrates how to help students find ideas that matter—in everyday life, in books, through careful observation, by wondering about the world, and by sketching images and taking photographs, among other strategies.
Grades 2 – 4
Lola Schaefer

 
 

Teaching the Craft of Writing: Revising & Editing
A concise and thoughtful guide that shows teachers how to introduce, teach, and reinforce revision and editing practices. Includes a kick-off lesson, classroom-tested revision strategies that enrich students' writing, and editing techniques that help students polish their work
Grades 2 – 4
Kathleen Hurni-Dove

 
 

Teaching the Craft of Writing: Voice
In this concise and thoughtful guide, expert teacher and veteran author Lola Schaefer offers classroom-tested lessons and practical strategies that help students identify voice in writing and learn how to include it in their own work. Students find their voices through quickwrites, author studies, guided revision practice, compare-and-contrast exercises, and more.
Grades 2 – 4
Lola Schaefer

 
 

The Trait Crate: Grade 6
In this amazing kit, writing expert Ruth Culham gives you grade-perfect mentor texts with in-depth lessons to help you teach the traits of writing—ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.
Grades 6 – 6
Ruth Culham

 
 

The Trait Crate: Grade 7
In this amazing kit, writing expert Ruth Culham gives you grade-perfect mentor texts with in-depth lessons to help you teach the traits of writing—ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.
Grades 7 – 7
Ruth Culham

 
 

The Trait Crate: Grade 8
In this amazing kit, writing expert Ruth Culham gives you grade-perfect mentor texts with in-depth lessons to help you teach the traits of writing—ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.
Grades 8 – 8
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait Crate: Grade 1
Teaching writing just got easier and more effective because of these sturdy “crates.” In them, teachers will find everything they need to help students use the six traits-ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions-improve their writing.
Grades 1 – 1
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait Crate: Grade 2
Teaching writing just got easier and more effective because of these sturdy “crates.” In them, teachers will find everything they need to help students use the six traits-ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions-improve their writing.
Grades 2 – 2
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait Crate: Grade 3
In this amazing kit, writing expert Ruth Culham gives you grade-perfect picture books with in-depth lessons to help you teach the traits of writing—ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions
Grades 3 – 3
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait Crate: Grade 4
In this amazing kit, writing expert Ruth Culham gives you grade-perfect picture books with in-depth lessons to help you teach the traits of writing—ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions
Grades 4 – 4
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait Crate: Grade 5
In this amazing kit, writing expert Ruth Culham gives you grade-perfect picture books with in-depth lessons to help you teach the traits of writing—ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions
Grades 5 – 5
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait Crate: Grade K
Teaching writing just got easier and more effective because of these sturdy “crates.” In them, teachers will find everything they need to help students use the six traits-ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions-improve their writing.
Grades K – K
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait-Based Mini-Lessons for Teaching Writing in Grades 2-4
More than 25 effective and engaging mini-lessons to help students strengthen their writing by learning about the traits: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. Mini-lessons focus on different stages of the writing process, from prewriting to editing.
Grades 2 – 4
Megan Sloan

 
 

Trait-Based Writing: Lessons and Activities
Whether you're just getting started with the traits or want to invigorate your trait-based writing instruction, the 20 fun and engaging lessons in this resource are just what you need. Classroom-tested, ready-to-go lessons for all the traits-ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions-are included.
Grades 4 – 6
Kristina Smekens

 
 

Trait-Writing Warm-Ups for the Overhead: Editing: 20 Transparencies With Practice Exercises
Writing expert Ruth Culham provides essential daily revision practice for the trait-based classroom: a collection of short, skill-boosting exercises plus teaching transparencies that target key skills in editing.
Grades 3 – 5
Ruth Culham

 
 

Trait-Writing Warm-Ups for the Overhead: Revision: 20 Transparencies With Practice Exercises
Writing expert Ruth Culham provides essential daily revision practice for the trait-based classroom: a collection of short, skill-boosting exercises plus teaching transparencies that target key skills in revising.
Grades 3 – 5
Ruth Culham

 
 

Traits of Writing for the Primary Grades: A Professional Development Series on DVD
This new DVD series takes you inside Kindergarten, first-, and second-grade classrooms as teachers use scoring guides to evaluate children's writing, model each of the 6+1 traits in classroom lessons, and reflect on their students' learning strategies.
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham

 
 

Traits of Writing: A Big Classroom Reference Guide
A unique trait-based resource from expert Ruth Culham, this big, informative flip chart is a student-friendly guide to the traits - ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.
Grades PreK – Prek
Ruth Culham

 
 

Traits of Writing: A Professional Development Video Series
The Scholastic Teaching Resources videos feature over 130 minutes of footage and show how specific writing traits - ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation- can dramatically improve student writing in grades 3 and up
Grades 3 – 8
Ruth Culham

 
 

Traits of Writing: A Professional Development Video Series on DVD
Disc 1 (67 minutes) provides important background on the TRAIT model along with scoring tips, rubric, detailed lessons, management tips, teacher interviews, and student comments covering the Ideas and Organization traits.Disc 2 (67 minutes) focuses in detail on the Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, and Presentation traits.
Grades 3 – 6
Ruth Culham

 
 

Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School
The traits have revolutionized the way writing is taught. And nobody knows the traits better than Ruth Culham, who has written over 25 books and conducted countless workshops for teachers of all grades. Now, Ruth turns her expert eye to middle school and gives you classroom-tested materials developed just for teachers of grades 6-8.
Grades 6 – 8
Ruth Culham

 
 

Using Benchmark Papers to Teach Writing With the Traits: Grades 3-5
Trait expert Ruth Culham has culled papers from diverse 3-5 classrooms and collated them here into a unique trait-based teaching resource. Each paper is scored by trait and includes teacher commentary explaining the evaluation based on Culham's scoring guides, which are included in the book.
Grades 3 – 5
Ruth Culham

 
 

Using Benchmark Papers to Teach Writing With the Traits: Grades K-2
Trait expert Ruth Culham has culled papers from diverse K-2 classrooms and collated them here into a unique trait-based teaching resource. Each paper is scored by trait and includes teacher commentary explaining the evaluation based on Culham's scoring guides, which are included in the book.
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham

 
 

Using Benchmark Papers to Teach Writing With the Traits: Middle School
Trait expert Ruth Culham has created a diverse set of papers, assessed and annotated them, and designed an interactive whiteboard CD of exemplars so teachers and students can use them as the focus of trait-based writing instruction.
Grades 6 – 8
Ruth Culham

 
 

Using Mentor Texts to Teach Writing With the Traits: Middle School
Becoming a better writer begins with reading well-written books and trying what their authors do successfully. Culham, Blasingame, and Coutu have selected 150 fiction and nonfiction books by master writers, annotated them, and organized them by trait.
Grades 6 – 8
James Blasingame; Ruth Culham; Raymond Coutu

 
 

Using Picture Books to Teach Writing With the Traits
Using high-quality picture books as models for writing is not a new concept. But using them to help students apply the traits of writing-ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation-is.
Grades 3 – 8
Ruth Culham

 
 

Using Picture Books to Teach Writing With the Traits: K–2
Good teachers have long recognized the power of using picture books as models of good writing. The short, focused, and tightly woven text mirrors the kind of writing they want their students to be doing. In this essential resource, the authors have organized by trait more than 150 annotations of new and classic books that will delight young students--and inspire powerful writing.
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham; Raymond Coutu

 
 

Writing to Prompts in the Trait-Based Classroom: Content Areas
Looking for ways to build students' writing proficiency, content knowledge, and test-taking skills? Try R.A.F.T.S. - prompts that provide the basic ingredients to start writing: a role, audience, format, topic, and strong verbs. They make expectations clear so students can apply writing traits with confidence and creativity.
Grades 3 – 12
Ruth Culham; Amanda Wheeler

 
 

Writing to Prompts in the Trait-Based Classroom: Literature Response
Looking for ways to build students' writing proficiency, literature appreciation, and test-taking skills? Try R.A.F.T.S. - prompts that provide the basic ingredients to start writing: a role, audience, format, topic, and strong verbs. They make expectations clear so students can apply writing traits with confidence and creativity.
Grades 3 – 8
Ruth Culham; Amanda Wheeler

 
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