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6+1 Writing Traits

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Jeona Jensen

on 6 July 2010

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Transcript of 6+1 Writing Traits

6+1 Writing Traits Idea and Content Organization Voice Sentence Fluency Word Coice Conventions This is what I want to see The writing is clear, specific, and full of the kinds of details that keep a reader's attention. The reader has a hard time figuring out what the writer means. Or else, the writer does not yet have much to say about this topic. This is what I don't want to see The organization enhances and showcases the central idea or theme. The order, structure, or presentation is compelling and moves the reader through the text. This is what I want to see The writing lacks a clear sense of direction. Ideas, details or events seem strung together in a random, haphazard fashion-or else there is no identifiable internal structure at all. More than one of the following problems is likely to be evident. This is what I don't want to see The writer speaks directly to the reader in a way that is individualistic, expressive & engaging. Clearly, the writer is involved in the text and is writing to be read. This is what I want to see The writer seems indifferent, uninvolved or distanced from the topic and/or the audience. The writing seems flat, lifeless or mechanical; depending on the topic, it may be overly technical or jargonistic. This is what I don't want to see The writing has an easy flow & rhythm when read aloud. Sentences are well built, with consistently strong and varied structure that makes expressive oral reading easy & enjoyable. This is what I want to see The paper is difficult to follow or to read aloud. Sentences tend to be choppy, incomplete, rambling irregular, or just very awkward. This is what I don't want to see Words convey the intended message in an interesting, precise, and natural way. The writing is full and rich, yet concise. This is what I want to see The writer struggles with a limited vocabulary, searching for words to convey meaning. This is what I don't want to see
Even careful reading reveals no glaring errors. The conventions are used so well that they make it easier to read the paper. This is what I want to see Mistakes really get in the way of understanding the writing. The reader has to read once to "decode", and then again to get all the meaning. This is what I don't want to see Now Let's Get Writing
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