Presentation on theme: "The 6 Traits of Writing *Ideas *Organization *Word Choice"— Presentation transcript:
1 The 6 Traits of Writing *Ideas *Organization *Word Choice *Sentence Fluency*Voice*ConventionsCreated by: Jennifer Heidl-Knobloch & Jody Drake
2 Ideas & Content --Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory “The ideas are the heart of the message, the content of the piece…all the details that enrich and develop the theme.”--Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
3 If you don’t care about what you write about, your reader will be bored!
4 Ideas & Content A writer should: ~ Narrow the topic to something specific~ Use a fresh, original perspective~ When possible, write from experience~ Use important, interesting details(not just common knowledge)
5 Organization“Organization is the internal structure of a piece of writing, the thread of central meaning, the pattern.”--Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
6 Organization A writer should: ~ use an inviting lead that hooks the reader~ use logical and effective order, structure, & sequence~ use smooth transitions to emphasize main idea~ place supporting details where they are most appropriate~ use a conclusion that gives the reader a sense of resolution (clincher)
7 Word Choice“Strong word choice clarifies and expands ideas…moves and enlightens the reader.”--Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”--Anton Chekhov
8 Word Choice A writer should: ~ Use words that create a mental picture for the reader~ Use powerful action verbs (vivid verbs)~ Use specific nouns and adjectives~ Use language that is natural and not overdone~ Be concise (tighten sentences)~ Use words correctly~ Avoid repetition, slang, and clichés
9 Sentence Fluency“Sentence fluency is the rhythm and flow of the language.”--Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory“To me the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.”--Truman Capote
10 Sentence Fluency A writer should: ~Vary sentence beginning, structure, and length~ Use complete sentences~ Use transitions (internal & external) to promote cadence
11 Voice“It is the heart and soul of the writing, the magic, the wit, the feeling, the life and breath.”--Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
12 Voice A writer should: ~ Write honestly and from the heart ~ Interact with the reader* without using YOU~ Use language that brings the topic to life~ Care about topic~ Use expression to voice personality
14 ConventionsSome of you may not enjoy the editing process, but without this step, the other 5 traits could be overshadowed by errors that distract the reader. This trait is essential to a polished composition.
15 Conventions A writer should: ~ Turn in a clean, edited, and polished final draft~ Reinforce the organization with good paragraphing~ Use correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar
16 Quotations to Inspire“ What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.”- Samuel Johnson“ We write to taste life twice.”~ Anais Nin
17 Works Cited“Assessment.” Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. 11 Jan July <www.nwrel.org/assessment/scoring.php?odelay=3&d=1>.“Grammar Cartoons.” Google Images. 6 July <www.images.google.com/images?synum=10&hl=en&lr=&q=grammar+cartoons>.Roberts, Bethany. "Writing for Children Workshop: Writing Quotes." 16 June2005. <Spandel, Vicki. Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction. New York: Addison Wesley Longman, 2001.Steele, Kimberly. “Ideas for Teaching Writing.” 23 June July <www.kimskorner4teachertalk.com/writing/menu.html.>
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