have taught students in sixth grade through college, and the Six Traits of Writing* adapts to every level. This semester I am teaching Comp 1 and I found a great resource for teachers who use Six Traits in Zane Bloser. I have used their PowerPoints in the past, and they are adaptable so I made them more college friendly by strengthening the examples and using text sets from They Say, I Say.
I have no affiliation with the company, I just like their materials and recommend them to other teachers. The Zane Bloser presentations are loveable because:
It is actually tricky to highlight in PowerPoint, so it is nice to have a pre-made presentation. In order for the highlighting to stay consistent, however, I had to copy and paste the theme into the current presentation.
To do this, copy the original slide, and then move into your new presentation. Right-click on the slide right before you the place that you want to insert your new slide, and choose the middle paste button that says "Keep Source Formatting".
* I know it is more precise to say 6+1 Traits, but I am used to the old school wording. Also, writing out numbers feels right.
It seems like it would be easy to highlight in PowerPoint, but it isn't. There isn't the standard highlighter tool that is in Microsoft Word.
The easiest way to do this is:
1. Create your slide.
2. Copy the PowerPoint slide by right-clicking on the navigation pane and choosing "duplicate".)
The new, copied slide will immediately appear under the slide you just right-clicked.
3. Go to the Insert table and choose shapes.
When you press the dropdown menu, you will see the rectangle shape. You are going to draw this over the words you want to highlight in the duplicated slide.
After you draw the rectangle over the word, the contextual toolbar for drawing will appear. We will use this to make the highlighting translucent.
4. In the Drawing Tools contextual toolbar, choose Shape Fill and pick the color for your highlighting. At first it will cover the word, but don't worry. We will change that in a moment.
5. Choose More Fill Colors. At the bottom of the Colors dialogue box, there is a slider to choose the Transparency option to 60% (or type in the box). This may need to be adjusted depending on your screen and how dark your classroom is; 90% is the lightest I think people can see. You won't see the changes until you press OK.
Once you left-click on OK, you will see the word highlighted on your screen, and when you move from the previous slide to the highlighted slide, it will have the effect of "highlighting" on the screen.
Ally Sharp is a teacher, writer and editor, and technology trainer.