6 Traits of Writing

Caitlin Babcock


Effective writing has a clear message, purpose, or focus. You need to choose a topic that interests you and fits your assignment. Include details such as facts, statistics, examples, and thoughts/feeling.

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Effective writing has a clear beginning, middle, and end. The overall writing should be well organized and easy to follow. Your writing should have a topic (green), main idea (yellow), detail/tell me more (pink), and a conclusion sentence (green).
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The best writing reveals the writers voice - his or her special way of saying something. Speak in an engaging way that keeps readers wanting more! Showing is better than telling.

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Word Choice

Good writing contains strong words, including specific nouns and verbs. The words fit the audience and deliver a clear message. Use exciting adverbs and adjectives! If you need to use a thesaurus.
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Sentence Fluency

Effective writing flows smoothly from one sentence to the next. Sentences vary in lengths and begin in a variety of ways. Combine short, choppy sentences into longer, smoother ones. Use simple, compound, and complex sentences.

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Good writing is edited to make sure it is easy to understand. The writing follows the rules for punctuation, grammar, and spelling. You should always edit using C.O.P.S. (Capitalization,

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