Some Definitionsused in six Traits Writing
What is a rubric?
What is a ‘trait’?
The traits of good writing include
A clear point, message, theme or storyline, backed by important, carefully chosen words and details using supportive information.
Language, phrasing, and the skill for choosing ‘just
right’ words to get the message across. Organization How a piece of writing is structured and
ordered, so that the reader easily follows the author's
Language, phrasing, and the skill for choosing ‘just right’ words to get the message across.
How a piece of writing is structured and ordered, so that the reader easily follows the author's meaning.
The fingerprints of the writer and his/her special way of saying things. The Personality of the writer shines through.
The flow of the words as they are read aloud. The rhythm and sound of the words.
Editorial correctness and attention to any detail a copy editor would including spelling, grammar, capitalization, usage, paragraphing indentation, and rules of correctness.
The forms of Writing
Poetry: Poetic writing is a written art form that helps the writer express an imaginative awareness and arranged to create a specific emotional response sometimes employing the use of repetition, meter, and rhyme.
Technical writing: uses research to present specialized information, but just because it is technical does not mean it has to be flat and dull (examples: a VCR manual, driver’s manual, a legal document, a cookbook)
Business writing: provides information in a way that is clear, well-organized, efficient, and usually answers a question, summarizes work completed or proposes new strategies (examples: memo, proposal, long range plan, business letter)
Writing is a Process
Think, List, Observe, Experience, Brainstorm, Research (Gather Evidence and Information), Select topic, Collect Vocabulary
Rough Drafting Stage
Take notes, Focus on content, Double space, Discuss, Seek assistance. Use thesaurus, dictionary, spell check on computer, correct usage books.
Revise, Rethink, Rewrite, Read aloud, Seek response from others, Focus on content, Check for meaning, Check for adherence to six traits, Make changes (additions, deletions), Focus on mechanical correctness
Final Draft – Publishing Stage
Check for proper format (newspaper, letter, essay, etc.), Share product with appropriate audience, Polish and recopy, Focus on format and appearance. Seek feedback and reflection
How to use your writing Territories.
It is up to you to decide on the
form your writing will take.
For example. If you look at the writing territories above.
Once the author has four rough drafts it will be time to choose one to hand in to the teacher who will evaluate it. If you choose the recipe one, I would ask you to write out a few for friends and one for the teacher. I would judge these as a group. The rest would only need one good copy. All topics should be typed and a page long for full marks. If you have to write these out, make sure to use unlined paper and pen!
My Writing Territories
Six Trait Self Evaluation
Rank from 1 (low) to 5 (high) these skills in your draft:Use to self-edit
Sentence Fluency Revision
____ I use simple and complex sentences.
___ I use a variety of transitional words when I write.
____ If I read aloud, I hear a rhythm in my sentences.
____ If I repeated anything, I did it for effect.
____ My introduction grabs the reader's attention.
____ My conclusion links back to my introduction.
____ I used transition words to move from idea to idea.
____ Paragraphs show: my sub-topics begin and end.
____ My title reflects my entire draft.
Word Choice Revision
____ My adjectives are excellent and thoughtful.
____ I use a good balance of action and linking verbs.
____ My nouns are precise; I don't overuse pronouns.
____ It is clear that I take risks with new words.
____ I use a few color and texture words to describe.
Idea Development Revision
____ I used a balance of showing and telling.
____ My details try to paint a picture in the reader's
____ I stayed on topic throughout the entire writing.
____ My theme/message is clear to my reader.
____ I really tried to show passion about my topic.
____ If read aloud, it sounds like me- what I'd say.
____ I wrote in a way to help my audience understand.
____ I captured a tone or mood with my words.
____ Any use of humor or sarcasm is appropriate.
Conventions Editing [Self]
____ I checked my second draft for spelling errors.
____ I checked my second draft for "end punctuation"
____ I checked my second draft for "internal" errors.
____ I had my second draft checked for capitalization.
____ I checked for grammatical errors.
____The text is easy to read whether typed or handwritten.
______ The format suits the purpose, and invites the reader into the text.
______ Fonts are limited to two typefaces on a page.
______ The use of formatting allows the reader to access information easily. (font,bullets etc)
______ There is a clear purpose for combining text and graphics ( charts, graphs, tables)
______ The font, size and style are appropriate and support the message.
______ Spacing supports readability.
______ The text is not crowded - white space enhances readability.
______ The information is clear to the reader.
______ The alignment between text and visuals is clearly represented.
______ Presentation is creative and original in design.