Presentation on theme: "Making your writing more powerful using the 6 traits"— Presentation transcript:
1 Making your writing more powerful using the 6 traits Writing & RevisionMaking your writing more powerful using the 6 traitsMrs. CuadradoEnglish 10
2 Revising for IDEASStrong writing presents a clear focus or message with specific details that support that focusBEGINNING WITH a clear, complete thesis statementStates the theme you’re analyzing and connects it with at least 1 elementHow do the elements found in the story impact the characters and their actions?EXAMPLE: The importance of father and son relationships emerges as a major theme in Night as Elie and his father depend on one another to survive the brutal conditions, treatment, and inhumanity they face in the concentration camps.EXAMPLE #2: While many of characters in Of Mice and Men exhibit the loneliness that accompanies the lifestyle of a migrant worker, George and Lennie show the reader the importance friendship, a major theme in Steinbeck’s novella.
3 Revising for IDEASDo my body paragraphs (analysis) clearly reveal and support my thesis statement?Choose events related to the theme your thesis statement revealsEXAMPLE: One way in which Elie and his father demonstrate their dependence on one another to survive is when …EXAMPLE #2: George and Lennie demonstrate the importance of having a friend when…
4 Revising for ORGANIZATION ORGANIZATION is the way your IDEAS are arranged in your essayA clear beginning, middle, and endingParagraphs flow smoothly from one to the nextOpening sentence contains a key word or idea from the previous paragraph to connectUse of appropriate transitional words/phrasesFor example; Furthermore; Additionally; Although… (see complete list of transitions!)Each paragraph is coherentSentences within paragraph flow smoothly from one to the next
5 Revising for VOICE VOICE is the way your writing sounds It’s important to sound knowledgeable about your topicBe directAvoid beginning sentences with “It is” or “There is”Maintain the third-person point of view throughout!RIP: I, you, me, weUse he, she, it, they instead!
6 Revising for WORD CHOICE Use words with correct connotationReplace words that portray the wrong feelingReplace bland verbs, adverbs, and adjectives with more powerful and vivid selectionsRIP: very, nice, really, good, bad, etc.USE A THESAURAS!!!!!!!
7 Revising for WORD CHOICE Have I effectively used literary terms in my analysis?Literary terms reveal your understanding of the novel and help you express yourselfEXAMPLE: The importance of father and son relationships emerges as a major theme in Night as Elie and his father depend on one another to survive the brutal conditions, treatment, and inhumanity they face in the concentration camps.
8 Revising for SENTENCE FLUENCY Use a variety of sentence structures and lengths to create a pleasing rhythmShort sentences place emphasis on an important ideaBalance SentencesElements within each sentence are parallel, or stated in the same wayExamplesUNBALANCED SENTENCE: Granny knew that her love could be seen in the food she cooked, her making all the clothes, and the gardens she liked growing.BALANCED SENTENCE: Granny knew that her love could be seen in the food she cooked, the clothes she made, and the garden she grew.
9 Revising for CONVENTIONS CONVENTIONS are the rules for punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and spelling.Spell check!Place commas before and after any words or phrases that interrupt the flow of your sentences
10 Revising for CONVENTIONS Your, you’reTo, two, tooThen, thanExcept, accept
11 Revising for CONVENTIONS We always write about literature using the PRESENT TENSE!Elie struggles to survive.George and Lennie exemplify the meaning of true friendship.