Using Six-Trait Mini-Lessons to Strengthen Students' Writing, Grades 3-6

Online Course

Course Objective/Goals

This outstanding course demonstrates a variety of engaging six-trait mini-lessons in intermediate classrooms. The strategies in this program will help you deepen students' understanding of the components of good writing and extend their writing skills.

You'll see multiple ways to strengthen students' writing by focusing on the specific traits of ideas, organization, word choice, voice, sentence fluency and conventions.

You will learn how to:

  • teach a variety of five to fifteen minutes mini-lessons on each writing trait
  • use mini-lessons to teach the qualities of good writing and help students apply those qualities to their own writing
  • use modeling, shared writing, guided writing and independent practice to extend students' writing
  • increase students' ability to create an abundance of ideas
  • engage students in focusing on six trait characteristics while drafting, revising, and editing their writing
  • challenge students to think about their writing in new ways
  • expand students' writing through multiple activities focused on specific traits
  • demonstrate each writing trait in multiple ways

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How This On Demand Course Works

Optional Graduate Credit

EDLU 9108


"This course was well-organized and informative. Certainly gave me some great writing ideas to help my students to become better writers."
              – M. Victoria

"I found this course to be not only very helpful  but fun as well. I have already started incorporating some of the lesson ideas into my teaching  and have altered some assignments and lessons based on the action plan I completed."
              – K. Henry

"I thought there were many concrete and useful examples of mini-lessons that I could use to improve student writing. "
              – C. Sayward

"I really enjoyed the step by step comprehensive plan and how each step was defined. I look forward to applying these steps to my plans."
              – V. Eng

"I found the content of the course to be very good with great resources. This course reinforced teaching strategies which I have already been using and gave me some additional resources. Thanks!"
              – T. Richter

"Really good strategies that were presented in a useful  real way."
              – A. Aldana


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