We are getting ready for the" MCAS Long Composition" in a couple of weeks. We have had two practice days as a grade level and over the next two weeks I am reviewing the six traits of writing and empowering writers. (plus many months of writing practice) I don't want to burn out my students so I was inspired by something fun that I saw on Writing Fix http://writingfix.com/traits.htm. I tweaked her lesson! We are going to spend the week at "The Hallwarts School of Writing."
Click on the image:http://www.kimskorner4teachertalk.com/writing/sixtrait/menu.htm. I did one trait a day and had the kids do that step in the writing process.
Day 1- Ideas (Brainstorming)
Day 2- Organization (organization)
Day 3- Voice and Word Choice (Drafting)
Day 4- Sentence Fluency (revising)
Day 5- Conventions (Editing)
I continued going over these 6 Traits of Writing at the "Hallwarts School of Writing." I put the 6 areas of writing cards into my sorting hat and had the children each draw a trait. The child read over their final draft and identified where and how they used that trait. The children became the experts on that trait and highlighted the skill. I had each group use a specific color marker. (The teacher could assign the traits prior to the activity but I am going to take my chances with the luck of the draw)
I took pictures of each child with their trait hat. (for those with the dreaded bug problems...I cover each head with paper towels for pictures) I found a star border at Walmart.
I even downloaded some musical scores from the Harry Potter movies to play while the children worked on their writing. The children enjoyed their magical week!