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Writing with ELLs

  • The 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment provides a common language for teachers and students to communicate about the characteristics of writing and establishes a clear vision of what good writing looks like. Pioneered by Education Northwest more than 20 years ago, the 6+1 Traits continue to help thousands of teachers worldwide who have been trained in the model improve their writing instruction, their understanding of the qualities of good writing, and their ability to provide effective feedback to students. The site has developed as a support piece for practicing teachers after they have had training and are now implementing the 6+1 Trait™ model.  On the site you will find: About the Traits, Research, FAQ, Trait definitions, How to Get Started, Trait Lesson Plans, Prompts, Rubrics Scoring, Scoring Guides, Scoring Examples, Practice Scoring, Large Scale Assessment, PD, Products, etc..
  • Tips on 6+1 Trait Writing Prompts
  • Rubrics to Assess

Other Good Articles & Related Sites on Writing:

  1.  -Teaching Writing to Diverse Populations.  Excellent article that covers everything about writing for ELLs/SIFES/Strugglers.
  2. -Helping Students who Struggle to Write:Classroom Compensations 2008
  3. Writing Differentiation Brief
  4. Standards-Based Writing for ELLs 2007
  5. collection of links to explanations, examples, & lesson ideas
  6. Rubrics for K-2! excellent Site for Teachers using Six Traits in the elementary classroom. (Education Northwest
  7.  South Dakota Dep. of Education’s 6 + 1 Writing Traits   
  8. On-line resources for Writers (ESL Web). Excellent!
  9. WritingFix: Teaching Writing Can Be the Most Enjoyable Part of the School Day! lessons, ideas, and resources to "fix" educators who don't enjoy teaching writing.
  10. Text Complexity Grade Bands and Lexile® Bands for Writing; measures student writing ability on the same Lexile scale as reading ability;
  11. Basic Pros & Cons of Journals
  12. Guided Writing
  13. Transitional Words and Expressions
  14. Revision
  15. Brainstorming



Trait Quality Cards
Student trifold reference
New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy
Writing Rubrics created by Sally Doran
Writing Template created by Sally Doran
Katrina Writing Activity





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