•  We will use the program Traits Writing by Ruth Culham to guide writing instruction.


    We will focus on the following components:

         Ideas - central message and details

         Organization - internal structure of writing

         Voice - tone of the writing, which is achieved through a strong understanding of purpose and audience

         Word Choice - vocabulary the writer uses

         Sentence Fluency - words and phrases flow through the writing

         Conventions - spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar

         Presentations - physical appearance of writing piece


    These components will help us focus on three types of writing:

         Information/Explanatory - gives information

         Narrative -tells a story

         Opinion Writing - constructs an argument


    We will have several writing projects throughout the year!