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Title: Meet the 6 Traits of Quality Writing


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Meet the 6 Traits of Quality Writing
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GOALS
  • Understand the different types of writing genres
    (category composition) and their elements
  • Understand the six traits of quality writing
  • Understand the rubric used for scoring student
    writing
  • Practice scoring student work
  • Write your own essay incorporating six traits of
    writing

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What does the writing process look like?
  • Reading examples of good writing
  • Practicing the different traits
  • Applying practice to your own essays
  • Students evaluating their own writing

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The Writing Process
  • Prewriting (Planning)
  • Writing (First Draft)
  • Revising (Improving your writing)
  • Editing (Correcting for style and accuracy)
  • Publishing (Sharing)

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What are the different types of writing genres
(category compositions)?
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What are the different types of writing genres
(category compositions)?
  • Persuasive
  • Expository/Informative
  • Narrative/Descriptive
  • Professional/Business

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What is Descriptive Writing
Examples
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Descriptive Writing
  • portrays a character, object, or scene through
    sensory details/imagery (precise nouns, verbs,
    adverbs, and adjectives that relate how things
    look, sound, feel, taste, smell).

Examples travel brochures, short stories,
novels, and poems
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Key Elements of Descriptive Writing
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Key Elements of Descriptive Writing
  • Creates a picture for the reader.
  • Sensory details ( look, smell, taste, sound and
    feel)
  • Vivid language

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What is Personal/Narrative Writing
Examples
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Personal/Narrative Writing
  • relates a story or a personal essay. It sets up
    a story, builds to a high point, and winds down
    during the resolution. Narrative writing usually
    involves some problem to be solved or a challenge
    to overcome. Narrative writing is usually very
    personal and contains some type of reflection on
    life.

Examples novels, short stories, plays,
diaries, and biographies
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Key Elements of Narrative Writing
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Key Elements of Narrative Writing
  • Hook
  • Strong beginning, middle end
  • Showing, not telling (description)
  • Sensory details (smell, taste, look, feel
    sound)
  • Lots of voice (humor figurative language)
  • Dialogue (maybe)
  • Plot
  • Characterization
  • Setting

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Read The Choice
  • Using a colored pencil underline the descriptive
    elements found in The Choice.
  • Using a different colored pencil underline and
    label the narrative elements found in the The
    Choice.

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What are the 6 traits?
  • Ideas
  • Organization
  • Voice
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Fluency
  • Conventions

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Ideas
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Ideas
Ideas are the heart of any piece of writing
  • A solid, main idea thats clear and
    identifiable (In formal pieces of writing this
    would be your thesis.)
  • Interesting, relevant, accurate details and
    support that expand or clarify a main idea and
    bring it to life.
  • Clarify so that the message makes sense and can
    be readily understand.
  • Concise presentation that shows respect for a
    readers busy schedule.

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Focus on IDEAS The Choice
  • In blue/green highlight the idea and the
    specific/concrete details that support the idea.
  • Does the essay show complexity and freshness of
    thought?

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Organization
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Organization
Organization is the internal structure
  • Its not just paragraphs, but whats in them!
  • Is there a beginning, middle, and end?
  • Does it make sense?
  • Is there a good sense of sequence?
  • Is the writing easy to follow? A well-laid-out
    road map?
  • Does the lead hook the reader?
  • Are transitions smooth and appropriate?
  • Is the conclusion satisfying?

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Focus on ORGANIZATION The Choice
  • In orange highlight the introduction. Is it
    engaging? Why or Why not?
  • Does the essay progress in logical order? What
    logical order is used?
  • In orange highlight the transitions. Are they
    effective?
  • Label the paragraphs to show the beginning,
    middle and end.
  • Is there a strong closure? What is it?

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Voice
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VOICE
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Voice
Voice is personality and confidence
  • Individuality and perspective
  • Enthusiasm and expressiveness
  • Is the author knowledgeable about the topic?
  • Does the piece hold the readers attention?
  • Is there real passion? Does the writing evoke
    an emotional response?
  • Does the text just repeat common knowledge?
  • Is the voice appropriate for the audience and
    purpose?

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Focus on VOICE The Choice
  • In yellow highlight sentences that shows the
    writers enthusiasm for the topic.
  • In yellow highlight sentences that shows the
    writers humor.
  • In yellow highlight sentences that shows the
    writers personality (individual perspective).

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Word Choice
Word Choice
How exquisite!
Sounds scrumptious!
Listen to the serene stillness...
A breath of fresh air
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Word Choice
Word choice is clear, precise and colorful
  • Find the word that is just right
  • Stretch to use new, interesting words
  • Think verbs, verbs, verbs (use high energy
    words)
  • Avoid Creeping Thesaurus-itis
  • Eliminate tired, trite words good, very,
    things, etc.
  • Cut the fat only use words that carry their
    own weight

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Focus on WORD CHOICE The Choice
  • In pink highlight action/strong verbs (example
    buzzed, bounced and splashed.
  • In pink highlight imagery (smell, feel, sound,
    taste and look).
  • In pink highlight figurative language (simile,
    metaphor, allusion, onomatopoeia and
    alliteration)

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Sentence Fluency
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Sentence Fluency
The rhythm and flow of the sentences
  • Sounds soothing to the ear
  • A variety of sentence length and structure
  • Sentences make sense
  • Smooth transitions support fluency
  • Punctuate. Periods are a good thing!

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Focus on SENTENCE FLUENCY The Choice
  • Count how many words are in the first five
    sentences in each paragraph. Place the number of
    words above the sentence.
  • Circle the first word of the five sentences.

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Conventions
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Conventions
  • Editing revising for conventions
  • Use of proper format MLA (indentation,
    margins, spacing, etc.)
  • Correct use of capitalization, punctuation and
    spelling
  • Maintain verb tense and subject verb agreement
    throughout composition
  • Use adverbs, appositives, clauses and phrases
    correctly
  • Use vocabulary correctly

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Focus on CONVENTIONS The Choice
  • Read the paper backwards, and circle in red pen
    any grammar, spelling or punctuation errors.

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Read Pushing Yourself and Score
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