Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 6

Review: Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 6

My review today is for Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 6, a writing course for 6th graders published by Evan-Moor.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy from Timberdoodle.

Daily 6-Trait Writing

Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 6 cover

The six traits of writing include:

  • Ideas: “Without good ideas, your writing would not have much of a point.”
  • Organization: “The organization of your writing is what holds everything together.”
  • Word Choice: “When you write, choose just the right words and use them correctly.”
  • Sentence Fluency: “You want your writing to be easy to read and follow.”
  • Voice: “Your writing should sound like you and no one else!”
  • Conventions: “When you don’t follow the rules, your reader can become lost and confused.”
Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 6 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 6

The workbook includes a nice variety of practice activities and exercises. The pages are appealing and include plenty of white space allowing for overflow writing when needed. Just me? Oh, well. Maybe so.

Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 6

The teacher’s guide is incorporated in the workbook rather than a separate manual. This is a reproducible workbook with permission to make photocopies for single-classroom use.

Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 6

The assignments are carefully planned to help students work on each of the six traits of writing: coming up with good ideasorganizing their thoughts, choosing words carefully, using fluent sentences, allowing their voice to shine through, and following the conventions of writing.

Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 6 writing prompt

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 6  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 6 level is more grade-specific than I expected (as are, presumably, other levels). Topics would interest 11- or 12-year-old kids, such as sports, computer games, school activities, summer jobs, music, movies, outdoor activities, and food. The Grade 6 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.

Overall, Daily 6-Trait Writing, Grade 6 is a great writing course. I like how it’s laid out, and I believe it could help improve any sixth-grader’s writing skills. I would have enjoyed working through it when I was in sixth grade.

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