Web Resources by Trait: Ideas

Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

Young woman at computer noting 6-traits lesson about Ideas and Content













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"Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead." (Gene Fowler)

6+1 TRAITS™ of Writing Rubrics and Definitions. Go home to NWREL for the baseline!

Discover Writing with Barry Lane
– Mining memory. Lesson suggestions for k-12. Good source for ‘Ideas’ trait.

More great lesson plans from Barry Lane

On Blank Screens by Christopher Meeks

If you don't already have your own Idea-Generation software, you can download free trail versions at the following Locations

The Inspiration® 30 day trial download page
This has become the most popular software for 'visual thinking'.

Kidspiration® 30-day trial download page
This is a program developed for K-3 users. Give it a try?

Buzan Centres
Tony Buzan's concepts of mind mapping have a strong European following. A number of products have been created based on Buzan's theories. Consider the following:

Visual MindTMHomepage
Visual MindTM 30 day trial download page

MindMapper® Homepage
MindMapperR Pro 20 day trial available for professional package. MindMapper Jr has a 30 day trial available for the Kids version

The Concept Mapping Home Page
An effective quick overview of Concept or Mind mapping. Includes a table with links to a variety of software products.

Interested in 6-Trait online graduate classes?