Daily Six-Trait Writing by Delightful Learning

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2008
Genre(s): Language Arts
Publisher(s): Evan-Moor
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Daily Six-Trait Writing by Delightful Learning

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Evan Moor Books ~ A Timberdoodle Review

I reviewed Daily Six-Trait Writing for grades 5 and 6.
I follow a writing curriculum, but this is one subject I second guess myself on all the time. In fact, I had a middle of the year panic and ordered a whole new English curriculum for my oldest. But, I wasn’t sure what to do with my next two oldest boys.

Then I had the chance to review Daily 6-Trait Writing and really, this was perfect timing.

Grade 5

Flip through the first 24 pages to see more.

Grade 6

Flip through the first 24 pages to see more.

Daily Six-Trait Writing focuses on 6 writing traits:

  1. Ideas
  2. Organization
  3. Word Choice
  4. Sentence Fluency
  5. Voice
  6. Conventions (grammar, spelling and mechanics)

These are characteristics that are said to shape quality writing. The books are divided into 5 units, one fore each of the first 5 traits. Each week the concepts build on the previous one and a new convention (the 6th trait) is presented each week. It’s neat that the convention is taught in the context of what they are writing.
Best of all, the lessons are easy enough to do (even for reluctant writers) and only take 10-15 minutes a day.

A little more:

  • The weeks are broken down into five daily lessons. The first four are completed in the workbook.
  • The activity on the 4th day is designed to prepare them up for a formal writing activity on the 5th day.
  • The activities are interesting and even fun to complete.

Below are a few samples of Nathan’s work, grade 6, Week 2. The lessons this week focus on writing a topic sentences and supporting details:
On day 1, he learns that a good topic sentence clearly states the main idea of the paragraph and is supported by interesting details. He reads a parapgraph, circles the topic sentence and underlines the details that support it.

On day 2, he makes sure that all of his details support his main idea. He reads a short book report and then uses proofreading marks to move the topic sentence to a better place and delete details that do not support the topic sentence. Then he finds 3 possessive nouns from the report and uses them to complete three sentences.

On day 3, he writes his own supporting details for a topic given to him.
On day 4, he plans a book report.

He then uses his ideas from day 4 to write the report on day 5.

The boys type their writing assignments in Google Documents, which, by the way, is fun if you have two computers and you are both signed in at the same time (you can watch them type and help with formatting without standing over their shoulder). I then print their writing and staple it in the workbook.

Here is a sample of Dylan’s writing (grade 5) from week 3: A Strange Adventure.  His assignment was to write a short story about someone who wakes up on another planet. Considering he is my reluctant writer, I think he did a good job.

Each book (5th and 6th) is similar in content but geared towards each one’s respective grade level and I definitely plan on having Dylan use the 6th grade book after he completes the 5th grade book.

Regardless of whichever writing curriculum I decide to go with next year, Daily 6-Traits will make the transition much smoother!

Disclosure: As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of these books in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.



Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 25 Nov 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews, Evan Moor

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