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6 +1 Traits of Writing. Ms. Dumontet and Mrs. Franczak. 1 . Ideas 2. Organization 3. Voice 4. Word Choice 5. Sentence Fluency 6. Conventions + 1 Presentation. What are the 6 + 1 Traits?. Define the traits Talk about the traits with other students - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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6 +1 Traits of Writing

Ms. Dumontet and Mrs. Franczak1What are the 6 + 1 Traits?1. Ideas2. Organization3. Voice4. Word Choice5. Sentence Fluency6. Conventions +1 PresentationHow do we learn the traits? Define the traits Talk about the traits with other studentsLook for the traits when we are reading Determine which traits are the most important for the different types of writing (narrative, descriptive, and persuasive)Use a 6 traits rubric to self and peer assessIdeasWriting begins with IDEAS.

This trait is the heart of the message. It is the central idea and the support for that idea.

IDEAS includes details, descriptions, and evidence to support your ideas.

IdeasAim for clarity: the message must be easily identified. Stay focused: the topic is narrowed down to a manageable size.Include for quality details: details that are beyond the obvious or general. Ideas: Self-Assessment You can tell what my main idea is. I did not try to tell everything. I told what was important. I know my topic well. I had enough information and details to answer my readers questions. I support and expand the main idea with evidence, examples, facts, or explanations.

But, I just dont know what to write?

In groups of 4, describe some of the different ways you can come up with fantastic ideas for your writing? Mind mappingStoryboardingFlow chartsTalk to knowledgeable peopleResearchYouTubeGoogle

OrganizationThis trait is the internal structure of your writing. It is the skeleton of the piece. The order or system to your writing.The organization should be logical, make connections between ideas, and includes linking words & transitional phrases and.

Create an inviting opening: it should get and hold a readers attention.Use sequencing: the order should be logical and effective, with careful linking of one idea or paragraph to another.Employ an effective ending: the ending should tie up loose ends and leave the reader with something to think about.

Organization: Self-Assessment My lead gets you hooked. My writing is easy to follow, like a good map. The reader does not feel lost or confused. I linked ideas with word bridges like: on the other hand, for example, however, or therefore. I did not spend time explaining things everyone already knows. My writing ends with a sense of purpose, resolution, or tension.

Organize? I just stop when my hand gets tired!

Describe how you might organize your writing differently for narrative, descriptive, and persuasive texts? 4 or five paragraph essayHamburger/bookendingPlot GraphBeginning, middle, and endStory MappingEssay outline

VoiceThe personal or emotional quality of the piece. It is the authors original fingerprints on the page. The sense that a real person is authentically speaking to us.The heart and soul of the writing.The atmosphere and tone of the writing is included in this trait.

VoiceCreate an appropriate flavor or tone: the tone should be fit the purpose for the writing and the audience. The reader should believe you are involved and enthusiastic about the piece. Should be easy to covey your commitment: there is a sense that the author cares about the topic.

Voice: Self-Assessment The tone is formal/persuasive/insightful for persuasive writing. The tone is detailed/descriptive /engaging for descriptive and narrative writing. This writing sounds like ME. I talk to the reader in my writing. I know this topic well enough to write with confidence. This is a paper I would enjoy sharing aloud. I try to bring readers inside my writing by asking-What do they already know? What would they like to know? What will they find interesting? What is the tone? I dont know. Dark?

What are some different ways that you could describe the tone of a text?Whimsical-odd, strange, fantastic; fun Hamburger/bookendingSolemn-deeply earnest, tending toward sad reflection Conventional-lacking spontaneity, originality, and individuality Ribald-offensive in speech or gestureSee FAQs on website for more

Word ChoiceThis trait focuses on using descriptive, and accurate language.The use of rich, colorful, and honest words.Language is precise: it means exactly what you want to say language.A vernacular of vivid, vibrant, and varied vocabulary.

Word ChoiceChoose words that are vivid and precise: the language is appealing, memorable and noteworthy.Aim for effective and original use of everyday words: misuse of language or over-reliance on the thesaurus tend to hamper the effectiveness of good word choice. Word Choice: Self- Assessment My words make sense. They are used correctly. My words are a perfect fit for my topic and audience. I have used strong and active verbs. I have incorporated imagery (the 5 senses) to create pictures in the readers mind. I avoided words like great, nice, fun, neat, stuff, and awesome. I was careful not to repeat one word too many times. I did not use big words just to show off. I actually know what they mean!She had her stuff over there.

Come up with a list of 10 taboo words that should never be used in our writing.StuffThingsAwesomeCoolU, R, C, LOL, OMGGood, bad, happy, sad

Sentence FluencyThis trait focuses on the rhythm and cadence of the piece.

The way the writing flows when read aloud.

Creating variety in sentence structure.

Sentence FluencyRead aloud for smoothness and easy flow.

Incorporate variety in sentence structure.

Construct differences in sentence length.Sentence Fluency: Self- Assessment I read this aloud and I like how it sounds. Many sentences begin in different ways. Some sentences are long, some short. If I used dialogue, it sounds like real people talking. She. Loves. The. Impact. Of. Short. Sentences.

When is it okay to use sentence fragments in your writing?In both fiction and nonfiction, sentence fragments may be used deliberately to create a variety of powerful effects, such as:

Fragmented thoughtsEnhanced moodSnapshots of emotionsEmphasized points or positionsIncreased fluidity

Incomplete sentences that bore, distract, or confuse readers should be corrected.


This trait reflects the general correctness of the piece.The mechanics of writing, including: SpellingGrammarPunctuationCapitalizationParagraphingBegin by editing: there should be evidence that the piece has been edited and proofread with care.Check your mechanics: proper spelling, punctuation, grammar and usage, paragraphing, and use of capital letters are emphasized. Do not forget the overall presentation: this dimension can expand into the areas of handwriting, neatness, format, and layout. (This is the +1)

Conventions: Self- Assessment I have proofread my whole paper. I read the piece both silently and aloud. I have checked my: o Spelling o Grammar o Punctuation o Paragraphing o Capitals My paper is neat and looks good on the page. This paper is ready to publish. wut is da prblm wit dis sntnc?

What is your most challenging convention to learn how to consistently use?SpellingCapitalizationPunctuationGrammarParagraphing