GSE Executive Committee Checklist for New Graduate Course Proposals Attachment A – Description for Catalog This is a course in writing and the teaching of writing for prospective teachers. The objectives are: Provide in-depth familiarity with the Writing Strategies approach to the teaching of writing. Provide in-depth familiarity with the Six Traits approach to writing assessment and instruction. Provide model lessons, activities, strategies, and thinksheets for helping students in grades preK-12, especially low-performing students, by combining writing strategies with writing processes and the six traits of writing. Provide preparation in the design of methods and materials for writing instruction and for writing for the NYS standards-based assessments in ELA and other content areas.