6 1 Traits of Writing: A Professional Development Video Series has received an Award of Excellence in the Communicator Awards 2005 Video Competition. This international awards competition recognizes outstanding work in the communications field, and awards are presented to products that are considered "a benchmark for industry." The Scholastic Teaching Resources videos feature over 130 minutes of footage and show how specific writing traits - ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation- can dramatically improve student writing in grades 3 and up. In the videos, real teachers assess actual writing samples and create trait-specific lessons based on their findings with creator Ruth Culham's guidance. An accompanying 72-page Professional Study Guide contains helpful management tips, dozens of useful reproducibles, sample agendas for staff development, and more.