Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Six Traits of Writing

Good Writers ...

  • 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).
Remember to model writing aloud every day.

  • If you're not modeling, you're teaching something else.

~Rich Allen

Excellent Resource:

6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide Grades 3 and Up
By: Ruth Culham (2003)


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Sam said...

I don't understand "let their VOICE be heard". I mean you are talking about writing, so, VOICE matters?

Anonymous said...

Yes, voice matters. Sometimes it's difficult to teach students to write with voice so there's an example on how to do this a little further down on the blog. Thank you for your feedback.