I start the year by teaching and grading one trait at a time. Here are some rubric labels to stick to your students' papers. They are worded in student-friendly language and are great for quick, descriptive feedback during inital writing conferences.
If you like these labels, you will also enjoy my Descriptive Writing Resource booklet- they're an excellent way to organize learning from writing minilessons! http://www.teachersnotebook.com/product/mnschenk/descriptive-writing-resource-booklet