Presentation on theme: "The 6 Traits. Ideas Discover a personally important topic. Make the message clear and interesting to the reader. Stay focused. Expand and clarify."— Presentation transcript:
The 6 Traits
Ideas Discover a personally important topic. Make the message clear and interesting to the reader. Stay focused. Expand and clarify the ideas with significant details. Toss out what does not matter. Generalities weaken ideas. Specific examples are a must. Beginning with an anecdote or image sets the scene. Multiple examples make an argument convincing. It isn’t the amount of detail that counts as how vivid it is.
Organization Write a crackerjack lead. Stay on the path. Don’t wander from the message. Showcase information with a pattern or structure that fits. Use transitions to link ideas. Pace the piece, spending time where it matters. Wrap it up with a thoughtful conclusion. When doing a persuasive paper, choose a side. Make sure your main idea is clear. Small details add interest. Gather enough information before writing an informational piece.
Voice Discover personally important topics. Write with honesty and passion. Know the topic so that confidence explodes from the paper. Think about the audience. What do they already know? What will they find interesting? Bring the topic to life through detail, language, and energy. Generalities weaken voice. To be convincing, persuasive writing needs examples. Anecdotes (stories) enhance (increase) voice and clarity (clearness).
Word Choice Paint a verbal picture. Choose words selectively—going for precision. Embrace everyday language (not writing to impress). Find a fresh, original way to say it. Energize writing with strong verbs. Keep it concise (short and to the point). Avoid jargon, inflated language, and modifier overload. Your word-choice score is a function of how often every word and phrase grabs your attention. Simple, natural language has power. If you enjoy writing it, the reader will enjoy reading it.
Sentence Fluency Vary sentence beginnings. Vary sentence lengths. Combine short, choppy sentences to smooth the flow. Use transitions words to keep the sentence-to- sentence rhythm going. Write dialogue that rings true. Use repetition and fragments sparingly—and only for effect. Read aloud to see how it plays to the ear. If you stumble while reading it aloud, there may be a sentence fluency problem.