Evan's English Smore Poster

Evan Wilch - Period 3

6 Traits of Writing



Creating some ideas is just the first step of the six traits of writing.

An idea is excellent writing that has a clear message, purpose, or focus.

You should always try a topic that interests you and fits your assignment.

Include details such as facts, stats, examples, and thoughts/feelings.


Effective writing should always have a clear beginning, middle, and ending to it. It should also be well organized and easy to follow.

Some things you should always have in your writing are:

  • Topic Sentence
  • Main Ideas With Transitions
  • Details
  • Conclusion


The best writing should reveal the writers voice - his or her way of saying things in their on perspective.

Writers should always speak in an engaging way that keeps the reader always wanting more.

Always SHOW rather than tell what you are thinking! ;)

Sentence Fluency

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

Always combine short and choppy sentences into longer and smoother ones. Use a variety of sentence beginnings and lengths. Use simple, compound, and complex sentences.

Word Choice

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

Always use specific nouns and verbs and use exciting adverbs and adjectives.


Good writing is carefully edited to insure it's easy to understand. The writing should follow the rules for punctuation, grammar, and spelling.

Writers should use evaluation sheet to revise and edit using C.O.P.S.


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The Writing Process


Brainstorming is the first step of the writing process.

It involves you to think of what you'd want to write about.

For example, I would write about grapes.

You would have to learn more about grapes and as much about where they come from as possible. Brainstorming is just the first step of many.

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In prewriting, you are planning, researching, outlining, diagramming and figuring out how things are going to be written.

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Compose (Rough/First Draft)

In this step you are writing out your first draft. In this draft you're writing out your paragraph or multiple paragraphs. There will be some spelling errors, grammar mistakes, punctuation, and many more.

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Evaluate your writing, reread it through, decide if it is the best it can be this early in the process, and consider applying what was learned from this writing to future writing assignments.

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In this stage of the writing process, this is the step where you don't improve grammar or diction. This is the step where you rethink the purpose of the essay should be changed based on what you have written in the draft. The writer must decide if to continue writing or change the draft.

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Editing (Proofreading)

Editing, is the stage followed by revising and is where you fix your grammar, punctuation, spelling errors and other mistakes along the way of your written or typed draft.

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In this step, you should have made a final copy to submit to your destination of publishing, whether it may be web, magazine, newspaper or in speech you must make sure this is error free. This is the complete and final step of the writing process.

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Write Tools

This is the t-table, where you can write down your topic, main ideas, tell me mores, and your conclusion. Later below this, I will explain more about these steps.

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Core 4 Topic Sentences (Green)

The Core 4 topic sentences are:

  • Number Statements
  • Situation/Stance
  • Question
  • Declaritave
Writers should make four topic sentences and choose one of the four.


Transition words let you go from another subject to another one.

Here are some transition words that you may or might have used:

also, another, equally important, finally, first, furthermore, however, in addition, in contrast, in fact, initially, next, one the one hand/on the other hand, and one.

Those are just some transition words.

Main Ideas (Yellow)

Main ideas are all about the big ideas in your writing.

For instance, my subject would be grapes.

Some of my ideas would be:

culture, types, locations, uses of grapes.

Details/Tell Me more (Red)

The details, also known as tell me mores are an add on to the main ideas. The main ideas are the structures of the writing and this step is to add more detail to that writing.

Conclusion Sentences (Green)

This is the last step of the Write Tools. In the conclusion you conclude your paragraph (end it) by using a statement from your Core 4 topics.