Writing & Revision Making your writing more powerful using the 6 traits Mrs. Cuadrado English 10
Revising for IDEAS Strong writing presents a clear focus or message with specific details that support that focus BEGINNING WITHBEGINNING WITH a clear, complete thesis statement States the theme youre analyzing and connects it with at least 1 element How 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 Steinbecks novella.
Revising for IDEAS andDo my body paragraphs (analysis) clearly reveal and support my thesis statement? Choose events related to the theme your thesis statement reveals EXAMPLE: 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
Revising for ORGANIZATION ORGANIZATION is the way your IDEAS are arranged in your essay A clear beginning, middle, and ending Paragraphs flow smoothly from one to the next Opening sentence contains a key word or idea from the previous paragraph to connect Use of appropriate transitional words/phrases For example; Furthermore; Additionally; Although (see complete list of transitions!) Each paragraph is coherent Sentences within paragraph flow smoothly from one to the next
Revising for VOICE VOICE is the way your wr iting sounds Its important to sound knowledgeable about your topic Be direct Avoid beginning sentences with It is or There is Maintain the third-person point of view throughout! RIP: I, you, me, we Use he, she, it, they instead!
Revising for WORD CHOICE Use words with correct connotation Replace words that portray the wrong feeling Replace bland verbs, adverbs, and adjectives with more powerful and vivid selections RIP: very, nice, really, good, bad, etc. USE A THESAURAS!!!!!!!
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 yourself 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.
Revising for SENTENCE FLUENCY Use a variety of sentence structures and lengths to create a pleasing rhythm Short sentences place emphasis on an important idea Balance Sentences Elements within each sentence are parallel, or stated in the same way Examples UNBALANCED 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.
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
Revising for CONVENTIONS Your, youre To, two, too Then, than Except, accept
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.