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!