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Introduction to the Six Traits of Writing

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Jennifer Conlan

on 12 January 2013

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Transcript of Introduction to the Six Traits of Writing

The Six Traits
of Writing So, the Six Traits of Writing are the six qualities or characteristics of good writing. What is a trait? 1 Ideas DETAILS
interesting, important, and informative—the best details are those the reader would not normally predict
or anticipate the content of a piece of writing
the heart of the message
the reason why we are writing! STRONG IDEAS
a message that is clear,
not garbled 2 Organization STRONG
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 3 Voice the feeling of the writer coming through the words
gives writing personality, flavor and style VOICE
-the heart and soul of the writing
-the magic, the wit, the feeling, the life and breath 4 Word
-communicating in a way that moves and enlightens the reader
-use of figurative language the use of colorful, rich, PRECISE language
It makes the writing come alive!
It moves the reader!
Words convey the message in a clear and interesting way. 5 Sentence
-sentences that vary in length, beginnings, structure, and style
-no awkward word patterns Gives our writing rhythm with an easy flow when read aloud.
Sentences are well built, clear and powerful. SENTENCE FLUENCY TEST
How does it sound when read aloud? 6 Conventions The writing mechanics of the piece.
-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 The 6 Traits improve your quality of writing.
Use the 6 Traits while Revising and Editing
After Prewriting and Drafting ask yourself: "It's good but how do I make it better?" What are the
6 Traits? Ideas
Word Choice
Sentence Fluency
Conventions It's a characteristic or quality. Ideas Organization "The internal structure of a piece of writing." 1. Inviting beginning 2. Logical sequence 3. Strong conclusion 4. Smooth transitions Voice Word Choice Sentence Fluency Conventions spelling, grammar, capitalization
paragraphs, punctuation Ideas Clear Message Will my reader understand my topic?
Is my topic manageable? Focused and Relevant Did I focus only on my topic?
Are all my details related to my topic? Fresh & Original Did my reader learn something new?
Did I stretch my imagination?
Did I entertain my reader? Complete & Well Developed Did I use specific details?
Did I include all the details and information I needed? Organization Inviting Beginning Did I "hook" my reader?
Does my reader want to continue reading my piece? Logical Sequence Is my writing in the proper order?
Did I put my details in the proper places? Smooth Transitions Do my ideas flow together?
Are my ideas linked together with smooth transitions? Strong Conclusion Does it tie everything together?
OR does it link back to the main idea?
OR does it leave the reader wondering what happens in the future? Word Choice Paints a Picture Did I use enough details to SHOW my reader?
Do my words appeal to my reader’s five senses?
Variety of
Words and Phrases Are my word choices fresh, unique, and creative?
Did I use figurative language?
Exact Language Are my verbs powerful and vivid?
Did I use specific nouns and adjectives?
Specific to Audience and Purpose Are my words accurate for the purpose?
Does my reader easily understand my meaning?
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