Common Core State Standards and the 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment

Education Northwest’s 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment can help teachers implement the writing standards included in the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and ensure that students are ready for college or careers.

Our writing experts have analyzed the CCSS and developed crosswalk documents to assist teachers in understanding the relationship between the expectations in the standards and the elements of the 6+1 Trait model. These comparisons demonstrate how the traits can provide students of all grade levels with a solid grasp of high-quality writing and support achievement of the CCSS writing standards.

In addition, samples of annotated and scored student papers show how the CCSS describe progress toward targeted writing objectives, while the traits assess the quality of that same writing.