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Copy of 6 TRAITS FOR BETTER WRITING

This presentation is a general overview of the 6 Traits of Writing: ideas, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice, and conventions.
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Ashley Buss

on 28 August 2012

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6 TRAITS & The Writing Process
Ideas
Organization
Sentence Fluency
Once you have the words in order, it's time to go for the FLOW. Varied sentence lengths, types, and beginnings will lead to fluency in your writing.
Word Choice
Mark Twain once said, "The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."
Voice
Conventions
Once you have every word down, you need to edit to make sure you've followed conventions (rules). Grammar, spelling, punctuation, paragraphing--rules are rules, and before you learn how and when you can break them, you need to know what they are.
Ideas
Organization
Voice
Excellent Word Choice
Sentence Fluency
Conventions
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
Ideas: the meaning and development of the message
Prewriting
Drafting
Sharing
Revising
Editing
Publishing
Finding a topic
Focusing the topic
Developing the topic
Using details
Organization: the internal structure of the piece
Creating a lead
Using transitions
Structuring the body
Ending with a sense of resolution
Excellent word choice: the vocabulary the writer uses to convey meaning
Establishing the tone
Conveying the purpose
Creating a connection with the audience
Taking risks to create voice
Voice: the tone of the piece; the "personal stamp" of the writer
Applying strong verbs
Selecting striking words and phrases
Using specific and accurate words
Choosing words that deepen meaning
Sentence fluency: the rhythm and flow of words and phrases
Crafting well built sentences
Varying sentence types
Capturing smooth and rhythmic flow
Breaking the “rules” to create fluency
Conventions: the mechanical correctness of the piece
Checking spelling
Punctuating effectively and paragraphing accurately
Capitalizing correctly
Applying grammar and usage
Presentation
Presentation
Applying handwriting skills
Using word processing effectively
Making good use of white space
Refining text features
Presentation: physical appearance of the piece
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