Ruth Culham, “The Trait Lady”, was the kick-off keynote yesterday. Her presentation was interesting and was based on her article that had first come to my attention this fall, “The Trait Lady Speaks Up: Dispelling Myths About the Traits of Writing”. Here is a summary of the 5 myths:
Myth #1 The Traits are a Writing Curriculum
Myth #2 The Writing Process and the Traits are Two Different Things
Myth #3 You Adopt the Traits
Myth #4 You Teach the Traits
Myth #5 The Traits Are Not Part of Writing Workshop
You can read the whole article here.
I had shared the article with the staff in one of the buildings with which I work. One of the building’s goals for the year was to have instruction in writing thirty minutes a day. Some people were conflicted by thinking that the 6 Traits materials that were embedded in the reading series were a writing curriculum.
It can’t be more powerful than to hear from the author herself that the 6 Traits are NOT a writing curriculum. Nor are they in competition with a writing process.
I highly recommend reading the article and reflect on what the author has to say. It’s easy to read and helped clear up confusion that I had about the 6 Traits intentions.