In Nevada, four of the six traits are used to evaluate students writing on their state writing assessment: idea development, organization, voice, and conventions. Students in fifth, eighth, and eleventh grade take Nevada's writing test.
In 2006, the Northern Nevada Writing Project (sponsors of this website) published a resource for teachers who wanted to make trait language the language of their writing instruction. The Going Deep with 6 Trait Language Guide is distributed to all teachers in Northern Nevada who take one of the NNWP's trait-based inservice classes or workshops. Outside Northern Nevada, any teacher can purchase a copy of this 196-page guide through the NNWP's webpage, and proceeds from those sales go to build new free-to-use resources at WritingFix.
Below, you will find our state writing test's most current rubrics, which inspired the creation of the Going Deep with 6 Trait Language Publication. Many Nevada teachers teach students to use these rubrics to self-evaluate their own drafts of writing.
- Idea Development Rubric Fifth and eighth grade students are given a score from 1 to 5 on how well they develop an idea based on a writing prompt.
- Organization Rubric Fifth and eighth grade students are given a score from 1 to 5 on how well they organize their thoughts.
- Voice Rubric Fifth and eighth grade students are given a score from 1 to 5 for voice; notice the bullet that suggests word choice skills.
- Conventions Rubric Fifth and eighth grade students are given a score from 1 to 5 for conventions; notice the bullet that suggests sentence fluency skills.
- Holistic Writing Rubric Eleventh grade students' writing is assessed using this holistic rubric.
For more information about and resources for Nevada's Writing Test, be sure to check out our Nevada Writing Test homepage here at WritingFix.
In 1995 and 1998, Teacher Consultants from the Northern Nevada Writing Project worked together to create the NNWP's first two print guides for teachers: The Elementary Writing Guide and the Secondary Writing Guide. The Washoe County School District generously agreed to print thousands copies of these two resources to distribute among every elementary and scondary language arts teacher in Northern Nevada's largest county.
In 2000, the EWG underwent a revision, which aligned the guide's original content to Nevada's new academic standards. The same happened to the SWG in 2004.
In 2007, both guides were printed for the last time. The rising price of paper inspired the NNWP to began posting both guides' contents on-line here at WritingFix.
Throughout 2009, we will be posting all the evaluation resources from both guides here in this space. Check back with us soon.