6 Traits of writing

Jalen McNeal

1. Ideas

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

2. Organization

Effective writing has a clear beginning, middle, and ending. The overall writing is well organized and easy to follow along.


3. Voice

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


4. Word Choice

Good writing contains strong words including nouns and verbs. Make sure the words fit the audience and deliver a clear message. Also use a thesaurus!

5. Sentence Fluency

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


6. Conventions

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


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