Bridge assessment to K-2 writing instruction using literature!
Trait Crate: Kindergarten
Trait Crate: Grade 1
Trait Crate: Grade 2
The Trait Crates for Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2
by Ruth Culham
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The Trait Crate®:
K: 0-545-07470-3
1: 0-545-07471-1
2: 0-545-07472-X

Now you can engage young learners and enrich their writing experiences using the traits-ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Ruth Culham, pioneer researcher of the Trait MODEL, gives you everything you need to build a traits classroom with each grade-specific crate containing the following:

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  • 6 high-interest picture books by well-respected authors — such as Eve Bunting, Eric Carle, Chris Raschka, and Leo Lionni — hand selected for each trait
  • 6 teaching guides filled with lessons, graphic organizers, scoring guides, and extension activities
  • A 15-minute CD, Sing-Along Trait Songs of lively, trait-specific songs, and instrumentals to support this important learning modality
  • 6 full-color posters with lyrics to the songs on the CD
  • Color-coded stickers for organizing classroom libraries and teaching materials
  • A 112-page professional resource — Using Picture Books to Teach Writing with the Traits: K-2 — containing an annotated bibliography of more than 150 new and classic books with 18 step-by-step, teacher-tested lessons based on specific books.
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“The instructional focus that Ruth Culham has provided to our teachers and school district has transformed teaching and learning. Without a doubt, the gains that the students in our district have made are directly related to the training and leadership that Ruth has provided. It is easy to support a program that gets results, and this one does. Not only have our writing scores improved, we know our students are better readers, writers, and thinkers.”
— Dr. Paul Kinder, Superintendent of Blue Springs School District, Blue Springs, Missouri and 2007 Superintendent of the Year