A question I am asked a LOT is how much time to spend teaching the traits. It makes sense to spend one to two weeks per trait because think of all the things you are doing during that time: teaching relevant minilessons, writing, sharing literature that illustrates strengths in the traits, possibly having students revise anonymous writing samples (just for practice, you know), and finally–as a kind of culminating lesson–having students revise their own work. BUT–this is important: You will want to cycle back and “revisit” some key features of writing, such as details, strong verbs, or voice. So if you first teach details in say, October, you might revisit them in February or March. It’s helpful to know that if you don’t cover every last thing the first time around, it’s OK because you’ll be back!

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