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Grateful to Be Traitful: Reflections on a PAWLP Day

By Janice Ewing

On the first day of summer

with much on our plates

a group got together

to discuss the Six Traits

For PAWLPers a day

of immersion in writing

is our kind of fun

our kind of exciting

We started with ideas —

do they hold our attention?

Then organization —

a sense of direction

If you want to know a writer

you must listen for voice —

you’ll be pulled right in

with fresh word choice

Sentence fluency is a trait

that tends to be tricky

as rule-bending variety

is not for the nitpicky

The next one’s a double

conventions and presentation —

is the writing dressed up

and ready for publication?

As we talked and we laughed

wrote and reflected

our day was fulfilling

just as we expected.

If this sounds like your kind of fun, consider joining us for Three Modes/Three Days/Six Traits: An Academy for Implementing the Common Core Standards. The course runs from July 22nd-24th and can be taken for two credits or Act 48 hours. See for details, or contact Sally at if you have any questions.


???????????Janice Ewing is an adjunct for Cabrini College and a co-director for the Pennsylvania Writing & Literature Project. Janice co-facilitates PAWLP’s “Continuity Days” and this blog. She is an avid reader and writer, and especially enjoys writing poems.

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