The Six Traits

By Adrian Dale

trait #1: IDEAS & the writing processes: BRAINSTORMING & Prewriting

To me, the Idea is the most important writing trait. Because without the idea, you wouldn't know what to write about. But to get a idea, first you have to brainstorm. Think up a few ideas, and pick the one you like the most! When you have the option, you should always pick a topic that interests you. Prewriting is listing your ideas. A t-table helps you organize those ideas.
Ideas, Baby!

trait #2 organization & color schemes

Organization is what helps you put your thoughts in order and makes sure your sentences are easy to follow. Your color schemes show what kind of sentence it is. There are four kinds of sentences, topic, main ideas, tell me mores, and conclusion. There can only be one topic sentence, and it should tell what your paragraph is about, and it is green. Then there are your big idea sentences that support the topic. These are yellow. Then there's the tell me more sentences which should give interesting details about your big ideas. They are red. Lastly, there's your conclusion which should smoothly end your paper and is green again.

trait #3: voice

Voice is your own special way of saying things. Your writing should engage your reader in what you have to say. You should show emotion and your sentences shouldn't sound like a robot wrote it. You need to sound interested in what you are writing.


trait #4: word choice

You should at least try to use specific nouns, vivid verbs, and carefully chosen modifiers.

An easy way to find good words is to use a thesaurus or a dictionary. Don't use short, choppy, overused words. Instead you should use interesting, colorful words. (I think you can get a better word Snoopy.)

trait #5: sentence fluency

Writing should flow smoothly throughout a paragraph. No run-on sentences, and no choppy sentences. Transition words help keep it smooth and steady. It should be easy to read, too.


trait #6: conventions & the writing processes: revising & editing

Writing conventions are things spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Good writing is carefully edited and follows the rules of conventions. Remember to always carefully edit your writing. Revising and editing is checking and reconsidering to make sure you're using the proper conventions on your writing. (this guys not using very good conventions.)


Conventions Rockin' the Six Traits of Writing

writing process

The steps in the writing process are brainstorming, prewriting, rough draft, revising, editing and publishing. I included information on some in the paragraphs above.




publishing and sharing

When your done you should always publish it. Hand it in to your teacher, boss, whoever! Publish it and share your work with others!