6 Traits of Writing

Kendra Streicher


Excellent wring has a clear message, purpose, or focus. The writing contains plenty of specific ideas and details.

1. Choose a topic that interests you and fits your assignment.

2. Include detail such as facts, statistics, and examples.


Effective writing has a clear beginning, middle, and ending, The overall writing is well organized and and easy to follow. I honestly think it feels more organized when you add the following;

1. Topic Sentence

2. Main Ideas




The best writing reveals the writer's voice- his or her special way of saying things.

1. Speak in an engaging way that keeps readers reading more.

2. Show rather than tell.

Word Choice

Good writing contains strong words, including specific nouns and verbs. The words fit the audience and deliver a clear message. These are some tips for having a good word choice.

1. Use specific nouns and verbs.

2. Use exciting adverbs.

3. Use a thesaurus.

Sentence Fluency

Effective writing flows smoothly from one sentence to the next. Sentences vary in length and begin in a variety of ways.

1. Combine short, choppy sentences into longer, smoother ones.

2. Use a variety of sentence beginnings, and lengths.

3. Use simple, compound, and complex sentences.


Good writing is carefully edited to make sure it is easy to understand, the writing follows the rules for punctuation, grammar, and and spelling.

1. An evaluation sheet is helpful to revise with.

2. Edit using a method called COPS. C= Capitalization, O= Overall Appearance, P= Punctuation, S= Spelling.

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