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6+1 Writing Traits

A defenition and discussion of what makes strong writing
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Mark Maya

on 19 February 2013

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Transcript of 6+1 Writing Traits

What constitutes strong writing? 6+1 Writing Traits The Ideas are the main message, the content of the piece, the main theme, together with all the supporting details that enrich and develop that theme. The ideas are strong when the message is clear, not garbled.


The piece closes with a sense of resolution, tying up loose ends, bringing things to a satisfying closure, answering important questions while still leaving the reader something to think about. Organization
When the writer is engaged personally with the topic, he/she imparts a personal tone and flavor to the piece that is unmistakably his/hers alone. And it is that individual something different from the mark of all other writers that we call Voice. Voice


Strong word choice is characterized not so much by an exceptional vocabulary chosen to impress the reader, but more by the skill to use everyday words well. Word Choice Sentence Fluency is the rhythm and flow of the language, the sound of word patterns, the way in which the writing plays to the ear, not just to the eye. Sentence Fluency



Writing that is strong in Conventions has been proofread and edited with care. Conventions Presentation Presentation combines both visual and textual elements. It is the way we exhibit or present our message on paper. Even if our ideas, words, and sentences are vivid, precise, and well constructed, the writing will not be inviting to read unless the guidelines of presentation are present. Source:http://educationnorthwest.org/resource/503 Organization is the internal structure of a piece of writing, the thread of central meaning, the pattern and sequence, so long as it fits the central idea. Organizational structure can be based on comparison-contrast, deductive logic, point-by-point analysis, development of a central theme, chronological history of an event, or any of a dozen other identifiable patterns. When the organization is strong, the piece begins meaningfully and creates in the writer a sense of anticipation that is, ultimately, systematically fulfilled. Events proceed logically; information is given to the reader in the right doses at the right times so that the reader never loses interest. Connections are strong, which is another way of saying that bridges from one idea to the next hold up. Voice is the writer coming through the words, the sense that a real person is speaking to us and cares about the message. It is the heart and soul of the writing, the magic, the wit, the feeling, the life and breath. Word Choice is the use of rich, colorful, precise language that communicates not just in a functional way, but in a way that moves and enlightens the reader. In descriptive writing, strong word choice resulting in imagery, especially sensory, show-me writing, clarifies and expands ideas. In persuasive writing, purposeful word choice moves the reader to a new vision of ideas. In all modes of writing figurative language such as metaphors, similes and analogies articulate, enhance, and enrich the content. Sentences vary in length, beginnings, structure, and style, and are so well crafted that the writer moves through the piece with ease. How does it sound when read aloud? That's the test. Fluent writing has cadence, power, rhythm, and movement. It is free of awkward word patterns that slow the reader's progress. The Conventions Trait is the mechanical correctness of the piece Includes five elements: spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar/usage, and paragraphing. Successful writers do not "tell" readers things they already know; e.g., "It was a sunny day, and the sky was blue, the clouds were fluffy white " Successful writers "show" readers that which is normally overlooked; writers seek out the extraordinary, the unusual, the unique, the bits and pieces of life that might otherwise be overlooked. The writer chooses details that are interesting, important, and informative, often the kinds of details the reader would not normally anticipate or predict. Ideas
1. Selecting an idea (TOPIC)
2. Narrowing an idea (FOCUS)
3. Elaborating on the idea (DEVELOPMENT)
4. Discovering the best information to convey the idea (DETAILS) IDEAS Process Introduction Middle or Body Conclusion a thought provoking question to make the reader wonder a little "sip" of the conclusion to the get the reader's attention and spark his/her interest a funny story to set a humorous or individual tone a dramatic, sweeping , or eye-opening statement an expert quotation to establish credibility from the start your own angle- one that readers have never seen before transitions sequencing pacing a profound thought a surprise a quote a tie-up a question or open-ended statement a challenge a summary a challenge a laugh
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