Six Traits of Writing

Megan Zobac


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

  • Choose a topic that interest you and fits you assignment.
  • Include details such as fact, statistics, examples, and thought /feelings.


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

  • Topic sentence (Green).
  • Main ideas with transition (Yellow).
  • Details /tell me more (Red).
  • Conclusion (Green).


The best writing reveals the writers voice his or hers special way of saying things.

  • Speak in on engaging way that keeps the reader wanting more!
  • Show rather then tell.

Word Choice

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

  • Use specific nouns and verbs.
  • Use exiting adjectives.

Sentence Fluency

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

  • Combine short, choppy sentence into longer, smother ones.
  • Use simple, compound, and complex sentences.


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 for revision.
  • Edit using cops

The Art of 6 Trait Writing

The Writing Process


Putting your thoughts on paper.


Jot down note and your ideas.

Compose (rough draft)

Write down your ideas in a paragraph.


Over look your work.


Reread your work to improve it.


Make corrections to you work.


Share you finished work to the world.

Writing Tools


  • Core 4 topic sentences (Green)
  • Main ideas (Yellow)
  • Details/Tell me more (Red)
  • Conclusion Sentence (Green)