6 Traits of Writing

Lily Cripe


  • Chose an interesting topic like; The Best Summer Vacation Ever! Not a boring topic like; Writing 101.
  • Include deep details like facts, statistics, and thoughts/feelings.


  • Have a good topic sentence.
  • Good main ideas with transitions.
  • Details/tell me more sentences.
  • Awesome conclusion.


  • Speak in an engaging that makes the reader always wanting more!
  • Show the reader, don't tell!

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Word Choice

  • Have specific nouns and verbs.
  • Use exciting adverbs and adjectives.
  • Thesauruses are important!

Sentence Fluency

  • Combine tiny sentences to make nice smooth ones.
  • Use simple, compound, and complex sentences.
  • Have a variety of sentence lengths and beginnings.


  • Use evaluation sheet for revision.
  • Edit by using C.O.P.S. (Capitalization, Overall Appearance, Punctuation, Spelling.)

Now, The Writing Process!

Please watch from 2:56 to 5:00


  • Think of many ideas that work with the topic.


  • Think of topic, main idea, and tell me more sentences.
  • Map out your paragraph, are you ready to write?


  • Make a rough daft of you paragraph.
  • Remember it does not need to be perfect!


  • Look at how many sentences you have, do you have too many sentences? Too little?
  • What is the length of each sentence, does the length vary?
  • Take a look at the first word of each sentence and make sure they don't all start with the same word.
  • Be sure to have interesting words as well.


  • Read your paragraph to find simple mistakes.


  • Use C.O.P.S., by first finding capital mistakes.
  • Then look at the overall appearance, punctuation, and spelling and fix them.
  • ( Edit until you can't edit anymore.- video)


  • Publish it! Your done! Share your work with your audience.

Write Tools!


  • Use a T-Table to organize your information.
  • Your topic sentence is green, main ideas are yellow, tell me more sentences are red, and conclusions are also green.
  • Green is for go! Yellow is slow... Red is for STOP!!!

Core 4 Topic Sentences

  • Use ether a question, a declarative sentence, a situation/stance, or a number sentence for your topic sentence.
  • If you use question topic sentence, don't ask a question that can be answered by yes or no.( Do you want to learn about this? No!)
  • This is green, so go on and chose a topic sentence!


  • In order to have a situation/stance topic sentence, you need a transition word.
  • They include; also, another, equally important, finally, first*, further more, however, in addition, in fact, next, one, second*, the last, third*, to begin.
  • *Never use first, second, and third in one sentence.

Main Ideas

  • Main ideas are the main part of the paragraph.
  • These also have transitions.
  • Make sure they go with the topic!
  • These are yellow, so slow down and think.

Details/Tell Me More

  • Details are important they, help the paragraph by going deeper.
  • These are red, so stop and think about the details.


  • Conclusions are the ending of the paragraph.
  • Don't have a question for a conclusion.
  • This is also green, go!