Six Traits of Writing

Ryley Hoffman


Ideas are the first trait in writing.
First, you choose a topic that interests you and/or fits your assignment.
Also you need to have a clear message or purpose with plenty of details and ideas.


Organization begins with having a Topic Sentence (highlighted green), Main Ideas (highlighted yellow), Details (highlighted pink/red), and Conclusions (also highlighted green). Topic Sentences and Conclusion Sentences are the first and last sentences. You really want to make these sentences the most interesting. Main Idea sentences are the sentences that tell the main ideas of the topic. Details/Tell Me More Sentences are the sentences that support the main ideas. Also, for organization you can use T-tables and Core 4 Topic Sentences sheets.


T-tables are organizers that help you put the right ideas in the right sentence. On the left side of the T, you put down Topic Sentence or Main Ideas and things like that.

Core 4 Topic Sentence Sheet

The Core 4 Topic Sentence Sheet is and organizer for doing plans of different types of topic sentences.


For a great voice, speak in an engaging way to make the reader/listener want to read/hear more about the story.

Word Choice

Using specific nouns and verbs and making descriptive adjectives and adverbs, help make the story more interesting.

Sentence Fluency

Combining short, choppy sentences, into longer and fluent sentences. Using varieties of different lengths of sentences and different sentence beginnings/transitions.


Transitions are different sentence beginnings to use for your piece of writing. Some of these transitions start like, first, second, to begin, and next.


You can use an evaluation sheet for revision. Or you can use another method called COPS.

The Writing Process

The Writing Process includes six helpful steps to start your writing assignment.


Brainstorming can be pretty simple. All you have to do is think of a topic that interests you. If your teacher picks the topic for you, then you don't have to do any brainstorming.


In prewriting, you mostly do planning. Some of the planning methods include, T-tables, Core 4 Topic Sentences to plan out your topic sentences.

Compose (Rough Draft)

Once you are finished with planning, the next step is Composing. Composing is writing your rough draft.


Evaluation is mainly going over all of your sentences and looking for mistakes and making sure the sentences run smoothly and there is no repeating of a word too much.


Revision is going over all the big mistakes and conventions you have on your rough draft. This is also the time when you take out sentences or revise sentences.


Editing is one of the last steps of the writing process. Editing is when you type your final copy.


Publishing is the last step of The Writing Process. This when you finish your final copy and share your piece of writing with people.