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K-12 Professionals

Literacy, The Write Way: Developing Writers in All Content Areas

EDUC 792 or 600




Instructor: Dr. Larry Napoleon

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Combination

Location: Course is available either online or print-based, ,

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $390

Partner Class Offered Through Learner's Edge

Course Description:

This course is centered around the powerful 6+1 Traits of Writing model, a centerpiece of many districts' literacy program. Teachers will learn how to implement a comprehensive student writing program in their classroom, improving their skills in planning, actual instruction and assessment of student writing. Recommended Grades 3-12


The participant will:

1.  Demonstrate understanding of the 6+ 1 Traits of Writing:
     a. Ideas  b.Organization  c. Voice  d. Word Choice  e. Sentence Fluency f . Conventions  
     g. Presentation

2.  Devise effective ways of integrating all traits of writing into their classrooms.

3.  Demonstrate proficiency in assessing student writing using the Traits as the criteria.


Culham, R. (2003). 6+1 Traits of writing: the complete guide for the primary grades. New York: Scholastic.

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