Jan. 28, 2008 – 6 Traits Agenda

Humanities Agenda



Objective: To become better writers by exploring 6 different traits of writing, evaluating writing samples using rubrics, and working in groups for peer collaboration.


Leonardo da Vinci was the embodiment of the Renaissance ideal of the universal man, the first artist to attain complete mastery over all branches of art. He was a painter, sculptor, architect and engineer besides being a scholar in the natural sciences, medicine and philosophy.

Quick Write – If you could go back in time and ask da Vinci 3 questions, what would they be? Include why would you ask them. (1 paragraph to ½ page) – 10 min. (I will randomly choose 2 people to read their response to the class.

1. Leonardo Quick Write – 15 min.

2. Two students share their writing + discussion – 10 min.

3. Review the 6 Traits of Writing – 10 min.

4. Groupwork: (sound off #s 1-5)

  • Everyone get up and sit with your group – 2 min.
  • Choose a group spokesperson (group leader) – 2 min.
  • Pass out materials to all groups, distribute – 2 min.
  • READ Sample #1, discuss it, score it using the rubric given – 10 min.
  • Class discussion – was there consensus? Concerns? – 5 min.
  • READ and score Sample # 2 – 10 min.
  • Pass out Scored Work Samples – how did your group compare to the professionals? – 5 min.

5. Conclusions – compare each groups scores for each trait. Similar? Different? Why? What can we learn from this? – 5 min.


1. Score your Leonardo daVinci writing from the warmup using the 6 Traits Rubric. Keep the rubric. Revise your work and bring it to class on Wednesday.

2. Score your Feudal Narrative using the 6 Traits Rubric. Bring your writing and the rubric score to class on Wednesda for peer review.

Today’s Agenda as a Word Document

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