Writing Traits

Caroline Voss

Ideas

  • Choose a topic that you are interested in, be creative, and fits your project.
  • Use facts, statistics, examples, thoughts, and feelings for details.


Orginization

  • Topic sentence
  • Main ideas including transitions
  • Details also known as tell me more sentences
  • Conclusion


Voice

  • Speak/ write in an engaging way that keeps the reader wanting more.
  • Show rather than tell


Word Choice

  • Use specific nouns and verbs
  • Add exiting adjectives and adverbs
  • If you can't think of interesting words, use a thesaurus!


Sentence Fluency

  • Combine short, choppy sentences into longer, smoother ones.
  • Use a variety of lengths
  • Apply many beginnings
  • Use a variety of simple, compound, and complex sentences.


Conventions


  • Edit using C.O.P.S.
Capitalization

Overall

Punctuation

Spelling


Writing Process

Brainstorm

  • Come up with a number of ideas for your essay.
  • Choose one


Prewrite

  • Make a t-table to organize your ideas.
Information on t-tables is below.

Compose

  • Also known as drafting (video)
  • Form your paragraph
  • Rough Draft

Revise

  • Improve your writing
  • Rework sentences so that they flow
  • Make sure your sentences make sense, and if they don't change them so they do.


Edit

  • Use C.O.P.S.
Capitalization

Overall

Punctuation

Spelling


  • Review essay
  • Correct any grammar issues


Publish

  • Share your finished work with others


Writing Process

Video

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY4O-8IKxqc


Write Tools

Core Four Topic Sentences

  • Simple Statement
Example: Training a dog to do tricks is easy.
  • Number Statement
Example: Training a dog to do tricks is easy if you follow these three simple steps.
  • Question
Example: How do you train a dog to do tricks?
  • Situation Stance
Example: If you don't know how to properly train a dog to do tricks, it will be frustrating.


No-No List

  • Never start a topic sentence with the following:
Here are...

That is...

This is...

There are...

I am going to tell you about...

In this paragraph...

  • Never start a conclusion with the following:
In conclusion,...

Thank you for listening...

  • Never write a question topic sentence that can be answered with yes or no.


Transitions

  • Use transitions after main ideas.
  • Examples:
First,

Second,

Third,

Lastly,

Finally,

Also,

Next,

To begin,

Main Ideas

  • Have a general statement about your topic.


Details

  • Include details to further explain your main ideas.
  • Tell me more sentences

Conclusions


  • Add conclusions to end off your paragraph or essay.


Highlighted Colors


  • Green is for topic and conclusion sentences.
  • Yellow is used for big ideas.
  • Red/ pink is used for details or tell me mores.


T-Table

  • Use a t-table to organize your ideas in pre-writing.
  • Main ideas on the left.
  • Details to go with the main ideas on the right.


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