6 Traits of writing

Henry Maddock

6 traits of writing


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


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


The best writing reveals the writers voice -- their way of saying things in their own special style.

Word choice

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


Effective writing flows smoothly from one sentence to the other. Sentences vary in length and begin with a variety of ways. It should flow like a river.


Good writing is carefully editing to make it easy to understand. The writing follows rules for punctuation and grammar.

Writing Process

In the writing process, you start with brainstorming. Brainstorming is thinking about all the things for your topic. The next step is prewriting, where you use a t-table to organize your information, and then make a rough draft of your writing. You read your rough draft and revise it so that it's better. Then, with your teacher or a partner you edit for spelling, punctuation and grammar. You add interesting words, and then it's time to publish.

Color Scheme

When you write in middle school you can use three colors to help you organize your writing. Green is for the topic sentence and the conclusion. Yellow is for the main ideas, and red or pink is for details.

Core 4 Topic Sentences

When writing a topic sentence, you can try using one of these types. Situation/stance, number, question, or simple statement.

The Word Chef #2 --Topic Sentences and Paragraphs