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Beyond the 6 Traits: Bringing Writing Assessment to the Next Level

  • Hampton Inn 2301 14th Street Southwest Great Falls, MT, 59404 United States (map)

GTCC Summer Institute 2018

Workshop 1816



Beyond the 6 Traits:  Bringing Writing Assessment to the Next Level


This workshop will review the 6+1 Traits of Writing and discuss how the language of the traits is embedded in the Common Core writing and the ACT writing assessments. The workshop will provide opportunities for teachers to write trait-based prompts suitable for district-wide writing assessments.   The workshop will also demonstrate ways to run a district-wide writing assessment tied to rubrics with clear and concise descriptions of student outcomes.  Each rubric will also be tied to the kind of writing used on the Common Core written response sections (argumentative, explanatory, narrative) and leveled according to student abilities:  novice, nearing proficiency, proficient, and advanced.  Student samples will be provided and scored.  Each participant will receive a copy of a revised 6+1 Traits binder with emphasis added to writing assessments for grade, school, and district use.  A discussion of trends in writing assessment will also take place.


Noel Osterman        


K-12 Educators


Monday-Tuesday, July 16-17, 2018


8:30 a.m.-Noon and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. daily  


Great Falls, MT


Hampton Inn, 2301 14th St SW


Limit of 25


15 OPI renewal units OR 1 graduate credit through Montana State University-Northern. MSU-N will charge $150.00 for this credit which is paid at the workshop.


Participants will be responsible for travel, lodging, and meals.


$40.00 per participant if GTCC member / $100.00 per participant if not a GTCC member. 

REGISTRATION IS CONFIRMED UPON RECEIPT OF PAYMENT ONLY.  Registration and payment accepted online, or mail to 1010 Oilfield Ave Shelby, MT 59474.  If workshop is full before payment is received, you will be refunded.  NO refunds after May 31, 2018.


Participants need to bring a wireless internet capable laptop.