6 Traits of writing

Gracie Hill

6 Traits of writing


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

  • choose a topic the interests you and fits your assignment
  • Include details such as fact , thoughts and feelings, examples and statistics


Effective writing has a clear message, begging, middle ,and ending. The over well writing is very organized and easy to follow.

  • Have a topic sentence
  • include main idea with transitions
  • Use details (tell me more) sentence
  • Conclusion sentence (matching topic)


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

  • Speak in an engaging way that keeps readers wanting more.

Word choice

Good writing contains STRONG words, including specific nouns and verbs. The words fit audience and deliver a clear message.

  • Use specific nouns and verbs
  • Use exciting adjectives /adverbs
  • Use a THESAURUS!!

Sentence Fluency

Use a variety of a sentence styles that flows smoothly from one idea to the next

  • Combined short choppy sentences in to a longer smoother sentences.
  • Use variety of sentence beginnings and lengths
  • Use style compound and complex


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

  • Use evaluation sheet to revise
  • Edit using COPS

The writing process

The fist step in the writing process is brain storming, think up your idea and put it on paper. Then pre write, put what you brain stormed on your ideas of what you are going to write. DON'T worry about spelling mistakes or grammar mistakes. The next step is composing, this step is like your rough draft. You write this quickly and quietly. Next, is evaluation, look through what you write and fix them with revising. Revising is when you fix any of your mistakes that you made. Then you edit, editing is when you put your sloppy copy on another piece of paper with your fixed mistakes. Then you you publish, share what you wrote.
This is the t-table. It helps you with color coated notes.

Writing tools

The core four, is basically your plan, you have your begging, middle, end. Then you add your big ideas.

Use transitions to make you paragraph flow smoothly. Some transitions are first, next , then.

Add details, this will make you readers more engaged and will be wanting more. Then you have the conclusion. The conclusion is the end sentence of your paragraph

Finally, you have publishing. After all that hard work you get to show people your wonderful masterpiece.

Color scheme

These are the colors you will be using for your paragraph

Green (topic)

Yellow (main idea)

Red/Pink (big ideas)

Green (conclusion)