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Six Traits of Writing Introduction

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Katelyn Bever

on 3 August 2017

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Transcript of Six Traits of Writing Introduction

The Six Traits
of Writing
The Six
Traits
of Writing are the
six qualities or characteristics to consider while writing.
1
Ideas
DETAILS
=

interesting, important, and informative -- the best details are those the reader would not
normally

predict
or anticipate
IDEA
=
the central idea or theme
+
all the supporting details that enrich and develop that theme
STRONG IDEAS
=
a message that is clear,
not garbled
2
Organization
STRONG
ORGANIZATION
=
engaging introduction, logical chain of events in the middle, and satisfying conclusion
CONCLUSION
=

answers important questions while still leaving the reader something to think about
ORGANIZATION
=
-the internal structure of a piece of writing
-the use of a logical sequence
3
Voice
VOICE
=
-the writer coming through the words
-the sense that a real person is speaking to us and cares about the message
VOICE
=

-the heart and soul of the writing
-the magic, the wit, the feeling, the life and breath
4
Word
Choice
STRONG WORD CHOICE
=

-communicating in a way that moves and enlightens the reader
-use of figurative language
WORD CHOICE
=
the use of colorful, rich, PRECISE language
5
Sentence
Fluency
STRONG SENTENCE FLUENCY
=

-sentences that vary in length, beginnings, structure, and style
-no awkward word patterns
SENTENCE FLUENCY
=
-the rhythm and flow of the language
-the sound of the word patterns
-the way in which the
writing plays to the ear
SENTENCE FLUENCY TEST
=

How does it sound when read aloud?
6
Conventions
CONVENTIONS
=

the mechanical correctness of the piece
STRONG CONVENTIONS
=

-evidence that the writer has CAREFULLY proofread and edited the piece
6 ELEMENTS OF CONVENTIONS
=
1. spelling
2. punctuation
3. capitalization
4. grammar/usage
5. paragraphing
6. handwriting & neatness
Can you give an example of a STRONG idea you could write an essay about?

What makes this idea STRONG?
Think about the strong idea we developed earlier. What are some new and interesting details that we could use to support that idea?

Why is it essential that we utilized NEW and INTERESTING ideas when writing an essay?
How could we sequence our supporting details in a logical way for the idea we created earlier?

How does sequencing differ in an argumentative essay vs. narrative?
What are some examples of how an author could leave the reader thinking about their topic at the end of their essay?
Change the words in this sentence to make it more intriguing to read without changing the meaning.

Mrs. Bever was happy when she brought home her puppy, Walter.


What is wrong with the following sentences?
How could I adjust these sentences to say the same thing, but more fluently?

I woke up and went to school. I got to school and went to my first hour class. My first hour class is language arts. I enjoy my language arts teacher. My language arts teacher's name is Mrs. Bever.
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