6 Trait Writing

Report
6 Trait Writing
Or, “How to make sense
of your writing
assignment grades”
Ideas / Content
1) An important
main idea
2) Interesting
details
3) Showing, not
just telling
4) A clear purpose
5) Something
unusual or
unexpected
Organization
1) Catches the
audience’s attention at
the start
2) Feels finished at the
end; makes the
audience think
3) Arranged in the best
order
4) Spends the right
amount of time on
each part.
5) Easy to follow from
section to section
Voice
1) Makes the
audience care
2) Respects the
needs of the
audience
3) Strong
statements; honest
feelings
4) Plenty of
personality, but
always appropriate
5) Energy under
thoughtful control
Word Choice
1) Appropriate
language
2) Strong verbs
3) Specific and
precise adverbs
and adjectives
4) memorable
words and phrases
5) Well used words
Sentence Fluency
1) Different sentence
beginnings
2) Different sentence
lengths
3) Easy to read
expressively
4) Uses rhythm,
Rhyme, alliteration
and other “sound”
effects
5) Sentences are put
together in ways that
make them easy to
understand
Conventions
1)Capitalization
2) “Ending”
punctuation
3) “Inside”
punctuation
4) Paragraphs
5) Spelling

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