Based on the 6+1 traits of Writing, the Idea Trait is the first element that students explore to brainstorm unique ideas to write about and improve details in writing. This 4 week unit focuses on ideas and content, the first trait which helps students develop their writing skills. Students will write a personal narrative about an ordinary activity that occurred during their summer vacation with a fun twist. The picture book Ted will be shared and will be discussed to get students thinking of how their ordinary activities during summer could become extraordinary if they had an imaginary friend. Over the course of the unit, students will use a variety of tools that will help them write a descriptive and original story.
Gordillo, Carolys, "Ideas Trait: The Foundations of Writing [3rd grade]" (2009). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. 99.