Traits-Based Writing is an approach that makes the teaching of writing more manageable for teachers and more accessible for students. Teaching writing is hard, and our traditional approach--usually through the writing process--works as long as we really do focus on the process more than the product. Adding a focus on the traits can enhance this approach, giving students targeted practice in one aspect of writing at a time.
This page contains links to explanations of the traits and mini-lessons to add to your teaching of writing. We hope to add more information soon, including rubrics, sample papers, more mini-lessons, and more information about linking the traits to the writing process.
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The Traits are:
Click on the Trait to find more info.