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6 Traits of Excellent PASS Writing English I and ELA 7
6 Traits of Excellent Writing O Ideas & Content – the heart of the message O Organization – the internal structure; O Voice – the personal tone and flavor; O Word Choice – the vocabulary a writer chooses O Sentence Fluency – the rhythm and flow O Conventions – the mechanical correctness and grammar
Ideas and Content O Message is clear O Provides detail “Successful writers notice and seek out the extraordinary, the unusual, the bits and pieces of life that others might overlook.”
Organization O Clear beginning, middle, and end O Smooth transitions “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 and transitions are strong. The piece closes with a sense of resolution, tying up loose ends, bringing things to closure, answering important questions while still leaving the reader something to think about.”
Voice O Personal, individual, and expressive “It is the heart and soul of the writing, the magic, the wit, the feeling, the life and breath. When the writer is engaged personally with the topic and imparts a personal tone and flavor to the piece that is unmistakably his/hers alone.”
Word Choice O Strong verbs and adjectives O Rich and sophisticated language “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.”
Sentence Fluency O Easy to read out loud O Variety of sentence beginnings and sentence structures (sentences vary in length) “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. Fluent writing has cadence, power, rhythm, and movement.”
Conventions O Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, commas/periods “Writing that is strong in conventions has been proofread and edited with care.”
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