The energy and enthusiasm that master teachers bring to the writing classroom can be contagious. That's why we're happy to share with you the effective and passionate teaching methods used by five colleagues from Council Rock Primary School in Brighton, New York.

Through a series of lesson plans and video demonstrations, these teachers show how they have successfully implemented the writing traits model in their primary classrooms. Cathy Hutter, Paula Tantillo, Lura Kelly, Jamie Bozek, and Nita Fiore have worked together, developing a method in which they apply assessment and then design targeted lessons and activities to develop writing skills. This two-pronged approach not only produces strong and independent primary writers, but also saves those teachers time, a definite bonus.

Below, you will find examples of their approach: a detailed lesson plan for ideas and a video demonstration of a lesson for organization.

These have been excerpted from the video/guidebook teaching resource Inside the Writing Traits Classroom by Ruth Culham, which includes a lesson each for ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and presentation, plus a bonus lesson on conventions in the guide.

A Lesson on Organization (4:50)
A Lesson on Organization (4:50)

Print a Lesson on Ideas
Using the Writer's Notebook (PDF)