Six Traits of Writing
For most of our writings in class we will be using the following:
Here are things to keep in mind as you revise your work:
* uses sensory details (can the reader see it, hear it, touch it, smell and taste it (if applicable?)
*SHOWING v. telling
*details that hold the reader’s attention
*includes what is important and left out trivial, unrelated details
*use dialogue (in a narrative) (see pp. 106, 126, and 588 of WriteSource or this page)
a. to add information
b. to show a speaker’s personality
c. to keep the action moving
*small and focused
Questions About Enough Information
Have I told when, where and with whom this is happening?
Have I clearly explained what I mean? Is there any part that might confuse the reader?
Have I described the scene and people so well that my reader can see and hear the story?
Do people talk? Have I put quotation marks around the words people say out loud?
Have I used examples to show what I mean, instead of just telling?
What the most exciting or interesting part of the piece? How can I build on it?
*there are few or no dead (DW) words
*use strong/vivid ACTIVE VERBS used, descriptive adjectives, specific nouns, descriptive adverbs
*everyday are words used well
*words and phrases linger in the reader’s mind
*words are not repeated
*use active voice
*avoid “to be” verbs
*reader feels what the main character feels
*has your personality stamp on the piece
*the tone (humorous, serious, businesslike, friendly) and style (casual and chatty or formal and professional) are just right for my topic and for my audience
-punctuation correct (periods, commas, semicolons, speech marks used correctly)
-grammar and usage correct
-dialogue punctuated properly: http://www.be-a-better-writer.com/punctuate-dialogue.html
1. The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
2. How Parents Can Help Children Improve Writing in School
Looking for some extra practices with grammar, try these sites:
1. Daily Grammar: http://www.dailygrammar.com/archive.html has numerous grammar lessons along with answer keys.
2. Grammar Gorillas Games: http://www.funbrain.com/grammar/
3. Go Grammar: http://classroom.jc-schools.net/basic/la-grammar.html
Learn to Type!
Use this website to learn how to type: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/