6+1 Trait® Rubrics


November 2016


2 students writing at their desks in the classroom

The core of the 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment is the set of rubrics that specify how to assess the quality of student writing and tailor instruction to students’ needs.

The K–2 rubric supports teachers and students as they are starting to write, creating classroom writing processes, building a common vocabulary, and establishing a vision for good writing. The 3–12 rubric is often used in late second or third grades and into higher grade levels.

Newly Revised: Aligned to Common Core State Standards

The rubrics are field tested, research-based, and teacher friendly. The latest versions, released in summer 2014, are designed for easier use across text types (i.e., informative/explanatory, argument, and narrative writing). Throughout the 2014–15 school year, we will collect feedback from teachers, make improvements, and post new versions of the rubrics on this website.

If you are interested in partnering with Education Northwest to provide feedback, please contact Jacqueline Raphael.

* Rubric designed for double-sided printing. Flip on long edge, open to left, and make sure orientation is set manually to landscape.