- develop their IDEAS.
- ORGANIZE their writing with a beginning, middle and end.
- let their VOICE be heard.
- think about WORD CHOICE and choose their words wisely.
- use a variety of sentence structures for SENTENCE FLUENCY.
- use proper CONVENTIONS throughout their writing (Editor's Checklist).
- If you're not modeling, you're teaching something else.
6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide Grades 3 and Up
By: Ruth Culham (2003)