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About 6+1 Trait® Writing

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Working together, teachers and Education Northwest curriculum experts developed the 6+1 Trait® Writing Model in the early 1980s. But, the framework remains even more relevant today as trait-based instruction helps students achieve the high-quality writing called for in the Common Core State Standards.

Our 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment is now used in virtually every state in the country, not to mention countries from American Samoa and China to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. It's the model or the source of the model used to score student papers in numerous state and district assessments throughout the nation. Teachers from primary grades through college have embraced the 6+1 Trait model and not just English teachers, either. The traits are used across content areas by teachers who look to good writing as a fundamental skill and an important part of instruction.

At Education Northwest, we are proud to have given birth to the 6+1 Trait analytical writing experience though we’re not content to rest on our laurels. We continue to update scoring criteria, develop new instructional materials, and provide targeted training to help teachers meet their students’ needs in today’s dynamically changing classrooms.

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