Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 5

Review: Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 5

Today, I’m reviewing Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 5, a writing course for 5th graders published by Evan-Moor.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy from Timberdoodle.

Daily 6-Trait Writing

Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 5 cover

Daily 6-Trait Writing” seems like an awkward course title until you understand what the six traits of writing are:

  • Ideas: “A good idea is clear, interesting, and original.”
  • Organization: “When your writing is not organized, your reader can grow confused and lose interest.”
  • Word Choice: “If you don’t choose your words carefully, your reader may not understand what you’re trying to say.”
  • Sentence Fluency: “When your sentences don’t flow, your writing sounds choppy and flat.”
  • Voice: “When you write, you show who you are through words.”
  • Conventions: “Using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation when you write is important.”
Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 5 table of contents

Daily 6-Trait Writing contains 25 weeks of mini-lessons divided into five units. Each unit provides five weeks of scaffolded instruction focusing on one of the traits. Each week of Daily 6-Trait Writing focuses on a specific skill…”

Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 5 sample pages

The workbook is well-planned and designed, with various practice activities and exercises. The pages are visually pleasing and have plenty of white space, which is very important in a workbook, particularly one that teaches writing.

Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 5 teacher's guide pages

The teacher’s guide is incorporated in the workbook rather than a separate manual. Permission is granted to make photocopies for single-classroom use, which makes this a very economical writing course if you have multiple students.

Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 5 sample pages

The assignments are carefully planned to help students notice and refine each of the six traits, whether coming up with a good idea, organizing their thoughts, choosing words carefully, using fluent sentences, allowing their voice to shine through, or following the rules or conventions of writing.

Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 5 sample pages

Each week, the assignments for Days 1-3 include models of writing for students to analyze, revise, or add to. Day 4 provides a pre-writing activity to align with the Day 5 writing prompt.

My Thoughts

Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 5 scoring rubric

Daily 6-Trait Writing is designed for teaching in a classroom. It could work for independent learners in a homeschool setting, but the parent would need to adapt the teaching notes somewhat. However, it is nice to have the answer key right there, along with a detailed scoring rubric.

The Grade 5 level is more grade-specific than I expected (as are, presumably, other levels). Topics would interest 10- or 11-year-old kids, such as school activities, photography, summer camp, shopping, a fifth-grade class trip, a kid’s bedroom, the fifth-grade band, and preparing food. The Grade 5 book could be used for a slightly younger or older student, but it wouldn’t work as well for a remedial course for a high school student or an adult.

In general, Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 5 is a great writing course. I like the way it’s laid out, and I can see how it would improve a fifth-grader’s writing skills. I would have enjoyed working through it when I was in fifth grade.

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