We’re a dedicated and experienced team of educators who know the Traits of Writing model inside and out. We’ve been working with the traits as an assessment model and as a powerful instructional tool since the beginning–over twenty-five years.
In the mid 1980’s, a forward thinking and experienced group of teachers examined stacks and stacks of student papers with a common purpose. They wanted to identify the core qualities of great writing and describe the skills required to achieve excellence.
As the national and international leaders in this ever-evolving process, we have worked hard to advance and refine the work, developing the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing over time — a shared language that demystifies great writing and provides an excellent foundation for teaching writing and assessing student progress.
Our partnership with Scholastic Inc. provides unique opportunities to publish a complete line of trait-based materials designed especially to suit the needs of teachers working with students to improve writing performance.