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What are the 6 Traits?

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Mr. Sariahmed

on 3 September 2015

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What Makes Good Writing?
Six Traits (+1 for funsies)
Ideas
1. Find the Right Topic
2. Select Interesting,
Relevant Details
3. Make the Content Clear
Instead of telling students what to write, prompt them to consider the possibilities.
Pick an idea that interests you.
Write about what you know or what you want to know.
Of all the ideas you have, name the main one.
Keep your idea in focus, don't add ideas that aren't related.
Strong writers tell readers everything they need to know to make sense of the writing.
Questions!
Can someone else read your piece of writing without any questions?
Organization
If it's not organized...it could be
GOLDEN
...but it won't matter
2. Mighty Middles
3. End with a BANG
Hook the reader from the start...
"I'm going to tell you about...."
vs.
"Bang! I woke up and wondered what on earth was going on..."
Why are you writing this whole thing?
The middle is most important part of any writing. You're building to it and then coming away from it. Keep it in mind when you're writing the WHOLE piece.
Ties writing together and forms conclusions.
Endings that work:
- a wise thought
- a surprise
- a quote
- a tie-up
-a question
-a challenge
- a laugh
Voice
Who are you? What makes you different?
1. Finding Voice
2. All Voice Is Not The Same Voice
3. Discovering New
Voices
How may the voice in MY writing be different from the voice in your own?
How Do I Get Voice?
Be yourself.
Do you care about it?.
Well then get excited
And make me care about it.
Go or go home.
A thank you letter
to Grandma and Grandpa has
a very different voice than one
to a toy company about a
dysfunctional toy.
What are some other examples that show the difference in voice in writing?
The voice in your writing can be -
proud
annoyed
determined
Word Choice
NOT about
grammar!
Choosing words that create a vivid picture, add punch to a piece, and just plain sound right is the goal for students.
1. Falling in L ve with Words
2. Choosing Precise Words
3. Selecting Words with
C
o
l
o
r
,
Variety
, and Sparkle
Sentence
Fluency
What makes your sentence fluency any good?
1. Begin Sentences in Different Ways
2. Create Sentences of Different Lengths
3. Read Sentences Aloud to Check How
They Sound
Quality > Quantity
It's better to have one strong sentence than six or seven weaker ones.
Just like with Voice - take risks with the types of sentences you put together. Get fancy.
Yes you don't want too many short sentences.
You also don't want too many long sentences that go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on andon and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and...(Get the point?)
Combining sentences of different lengths is a key to creating fluent text.
Conventions
The conventions trait covers spelling, punctuation, capitalization, paragraphing, grammar, and usage.
1. Learning How to Spell Words That Matter
2. Practicing Accurate Capitalization
3. Using
Punctuation
to Help Meaning
Make it easy for yourself.
"is there anything wrong with the way this sentence about argentina is spelled?" asked mr. s.
where do your thoughts end?
But, as with the other conventions, it is a skill that develops over time.
Presentation
Math Quiz!

Perfect Paper + Crazy Dog Adriano getting to that perfect paper =

???
Presentation
is NOT just
handwriting!
What would go well with your writing?
No one is going to bite...I promise...
1. Bold Beginnings
Excellent
And the one more!
V
O
I
C
E
S

V
O
I
C
E
S
icious
striches
nterest
razy
lephants

ecretly
BIG
excited
unsure
lonely
worried
frustrated
tired
concerned
...and more
How are you feeling today?
Does this conclusion work? Why or why not? If not - improve upon it.
And that's why we should be able to dance when we want to. The end.
Write with those questions in mind...and try to answer them. Remember you know about the topic.
You cared enough to write about it - make sure it's clear why in your writing by including details THAT WE CARE ABOUT.
If you're shown how to spell Spain in the text...don't go spell it as spine.
It doesn't have to be PERFECT BUT...
Don't be a cannibal. Use Punctuation
What's the difference between good and superb? Bad and Awful?
It wasn't just a fight.
Was it a brawl?
Or a kerfuffle perhaps?
Or maybe it was a mugging?
See Spot.
See Spot run.
See Spot dance.
See Spot make a sandwich.
See Spot go crazy because you keep starting sentences with See Spot...
Remember CONVENTIONS - Where does the thought end?
If it sounds funny to you guess what...
Just like in your writing
Be loud
Be clear
Have confidence in yourself
Create your own mnemonic device for VOICES
M
R.

S
IGHT
EALLY
ALSA
So lets say I wanted to start typing
That's all I have to do.
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