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1 6 Traits of Writing Ideas Organization Word Choice Voice Sentence Fluency Conventions The keys to becoming a successful writer…

2 IDEAS and Powerful and Significant Ideas are the heart of the paper. Without good ideas, the paper will not achieve the author’s purpose. Ideas are the heart of the paper. Without good ideas, the paper will not achieve the author’s purpose. IDEAS and Powerful and Significant Ideas are the heart of the paper. Without good ideas, the paper will not achieve the author’s purpose. Ideas are the heart of the paper. Without good ideas, the paper will not achieve the author’s purpose. 6 Traits of Writing The keys to becoming a successful writer…

3 IDEAS IDEAS The IDEAS should be: to the writer and address the topic. Important to the writer and address the topic. enough to focus on in the paper. Limited enough to focus on in the paper. so the audience understands. Expressed clearly so the audience understands. the audience with Providing the audience with interesting insights.IDEAS IDEAS The IDEAS should be: to the writer and address the topic. Important to the writer and address the topic. enough to focus on in the paper. Limited enough to focus on in the paper. so the audience understands. Expressed clearly so the audience understands. the audience with Providing the audience with interesting insights. 6 Traits of Writing The keys to becoming a successful writer…

4 IDEAS How can you know if your IDEAS are helping you achieve your writing goal? ASK YOURSELF: Does it make sense? Am I addressing the topic? Will my audience want to keep reading? Does my paper have a clearly defined purpose? Have I included interesting details not everyone would think of? IDEAS How can you know if your IDEAS are helping you achieve your writing goal? ASK YOURSELF: Does it make sense? Am I addressing the topic? Will my audience want to keep reading? Does my paper have a clearly defined purpose? Have I included interesting details not everyone would think of? 6 Traits of Writing The keys to becoming a successful writer…

5 IDEAS The glue that holds the paper together and gives a and exploration of the topic! The glue that holds the paper together and gives a Focused and Detailed exploration of the topic!IDEAS 6 Traits of Writing The keys to becoming a successful writer…

6 6 Traits of Writing and Logical and Effective Organization is the map that directs the reader through the paper. ORGANIZATION The keys to becoming a successful writer…

7 6 Traits of Writing Begin with a strong lead or hook and right from the beginning. Begin with a strong lead or hook and catch the reader’s interest right from the beginning. Have details that build toward the conclusion, right to the very end. Have details that build toward the conclusion, pulling the reader along right to the very end. to move smoothly from one idea to the next, helping things fit together easily for the reader. Use good transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the next, helping things fit together easily for the reader. Organization The Organization should: The keys to becoming a successful writer…

8 Does everything tie together? Can the audience follow it easily? Does everything tie together? 6 Traits of Writing ASK YOURSELF: Does it start out with a bang? ORGANIZATION How can you know if your ORGANIZATION is helping you achieve your writing goal? The keys to becoming a successful writer…

9 ORGANIZATION gives writing a sense of and gives writing a sense of Purpose and Structure.ORGANIZATION 6 Traits of Writing The keys to becoming a successful writer…

10 6 Traits of Writing WORDCHOICE and Specific and Precise Word Choice paints a picture in the reader’s mind. The keys to becoming a successful writer…

11 Include, and verbs. Include active, powerful and energetic verbs. Choose the right words to make the writing sound and. Choose the right words to make the writing sound natural and precise. Give specific details. Showcase nouns and adjectives. Showcase descriptive nouns and adjectives. Incorporate for a well- rounded essay. Incorporate all parts of speech for a well- rounded essay. 6 Traits of Writing WORD CHOICE The WORD CHOICE should: The keys to becoming a successful writer…

12 ASK YOURSELF: Is this the best way to say this? Do some of the words linger in my mind after I read them? Are my nouns and adjectives specific and precise? Are my verbs powerful? Did I use new ways to say everyday things? Do my words make pictures in the reader’s minds? 6 Traits of Writing WORD CHOICE How can you know if your WORD CHOICE is helping you achieve your writing goal? The keys to becoming a successful writer…

13 WORD CHOICE creates the images in a reader’s mind. 6 Traits of Writing The keys to becoming a successful writer…

14 and Individual and Appropriate 6 Traits of Writing VOICE Voice is the personality of the writer coming through. The keys to becoming a successful writer…

15 6 Traits of Writing VOICE The VOICE should: Give the writing a sense of Give the writing a sense of uniqueness. Give the reader the feeling that the writer is to him/her. Give the reader the feeling that the writer is talking directly to him/her. Make the characters/topic for the reader. Make the characters/topic come alive for the reader. The keys to becoming a successful writer…

16 ASK YOURSELF: Is it obvious I care about the topic? Is this going to make the reader feel something? (Hopefully, not utter confusion) Is it apparent I am thinking about my audience? Does it sound like a real person wrote this? (It should not sound like a robot found a pencil and paper). 6 Traits of Writing VOICE How can you know if your VOICE is helping you achieve your writing goal? The keys to becoming a successful writer…

17 VOICE In a paper with a strong VOICE, the reader will get a sense that someone real is there on the page. 6 Traits of Writing The keys to becoming a successful writer…

18 6 Traits of Writing SENTENCEFLUENCY and Smooth and Expressive Sentence Fluency is making the sentences fit smoothly together. The keys to becoming a successful writer…

19 6 Traits of Writing SENTENCE FLUENCY The SENTENCE FLUENCY should: Not mean just creating longer sentences, but. Not mean just creating longer sentences, but using sentences where they will fit best. with the sentences. Create a sense of rhythm with the sentences. the reader finds enjoyable to follow. Develop a flow the reader finds enjoyable to follow. The keys to becoming a successful writer…

20 ASK YOURSELF: Are the sentences varied in length? Do my sentences begin in different ways? (Watch “I” and “The”) Does the writing flow easily from sentence to sentence? (I don’t want the reader getting whiplash!) Do my sentences have power and punch? 6 Traits of Writing SENTENCE FLUENCY How can you know if your SENTENCE FLUENCY is helping you achieve your writing goal? The keys to becoming a successful writer…

21 SENTENCE FLUENCY stands out when a paper is read aloud. SENTENCE FLUENCY stands out when a paper is read aloud. 6 Traits of Writing The keys to becoming a successful writer…

22 6 Traits of Writing CONVENTIONS and Correct and Communicative Conventions are the rules of language. They are the patterns of grammar, spelling, punctuation, paragraphing, and capitalization that readers expect in good writing. The keys to becoming a successful writer…

23 6 Traits of Writing Conventions The Conventions should: Make writing. Make writing easy to read and understand. Be checked to ensure Be checked to ensure correct writing. mechanics are used. Be something the reader doesn’t even notice because. because they are so well done. The keys to becoming a successful writer…

24 ASK YOURSELF: Have I used capitals correctly? Are all punctuation marks in the correct places? Are my paragraphs indented? Did I spell all words correctly? Does my spelling, grammar, and capitalization make my writing easy to read and understand? 6 Traits of Writing CONVENTIONS How can you know if your CONVENTIONS are helping you achieve your writing goal? The keys to becoming a successful writer…

25 CONVENTIONS are the most mechanical of the six traits and require writers to learn editing and proofreading skills. 6 Traits of Writing The keys to becoming a successful writer…


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