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The Six Traits of Writing
Transcript of The Six Traits of Writing
"Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing."
- Benjamin Franklin
The Six Traits of Writing
"What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure." - Samuel Johnson
Now that you have read both versions, compare them by analyzing how Fletcher uses the 6 traits in both versions. Evaluate which version you like better. Explain your evaluation using two quotes from the text.
Today, we will be looking at the 6 traits of writing, specifically in reference to the text “The Last Kiss”.
Why do you think it is important to focus on the six traits while reading?
Why do you think each of these traits is a key component of the writing process?
Of these traits listed, which trait challenges you the most? Which trait is the strongest in your writing?
Are some of these traits more important than others?
- the internal structure of a piece of writing, the thread of central meaning and sometimes intriguing pattern of the ideas.
- the heart and soul, the magic, the wit, along with the feeling of conviction of the individual writer coming out through the words.
- the mechanical correctness of the piece - spelling, grammar and usage, paragraphing, use of capitals, and punctuation.
-the heart of the message, the content of the piece, the main theme, together with the details that enrich and develop that theme.
- the use of rich, colorful, precise language that moves and enlightens the reader.
4 Keys Points
selecting an idea (topic)
narrowing the idea (focus)
elaborating on the idea (development)
Discovering the best information to convey the idea (details)
Write with important, interesting details and personal experience!
Introduction - an inviting lead that hooks the reader
Developing the middle - a core that has logical and effective order, structure, and sequence, uses smooth transitions, and contains clearly linked details
Conclusion - an ending that leaves the reader satisfied
Voice emerges when the writer:
Speaks directly (and honestly!) to the reader on an emotional level to bring the topic to life
Experiments with language to match the purpose and audience
Takes risks by revealing the person behind the words
3 Types of Language:
Striking Language - descriptive words that create detailed mental pictures in the mind of the reader
Exact Language - using powerful action verbs, precise nouns, and accurate modifiers (adjectives and adverbs)
Natural Language - making it sound authentic
Tips for Word Choice:
Don't overdo it!
Be concise...tighten the sentences so there are no wasted words!
Avoid repetition, slang, and cliches.
establish flow, rhythm, and cadence using transitions (internal and external)
vary sentence length and structure
construct sentences that enhance meaning (not confuse it!)
Editing is a necessary component of the writing process. Without editing, common errors may distract the reader and overshadow the other five writing traits.
“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
- the rhythm and flow of the language, the sound of the word patterns, the way in which the writing plays to the ear - not just the eye.
Using your copy of "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass", complete the vocabulary chart for class tomorrow.
In your notebooks, reconstruct the "Reflective Composition Notes" and answer the corresponding questions.