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The Six Traits of Writing: An Overview. FCAT Rubric. Comparing Rubrics. FCAT Writing Write Traits (4 traits) (6 traits) Focus Ideas Organization Organization Support Ideas Voice Word Choice Conventions Sentence Fluency Conventions. What are the Six Traits of Writing?.

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The six traits of writing an overview

The Six Traits of Writing: An Overview


Fcat rubric

FCAT Rubric


Comparing rubrics

Comparing Rubrics

FCAT WritingWrite Traits

(4 traits)(6 traits)

FocusIdeas

OrganizationOrganization

SupportIdeas

Voice

Word Choice

ConventionsSentence Fluency

Conventions


What are the six traits of writing

What are the Six Traits of Writing?

The Six Traits of Writing is a rubric-based model for teaching writing. It is a way of thinking about writing and understanding what creates writing success. It teaches students to become assessors of their own writing, which contributes to intelligence, develops initiative and courage, increases students’ personal knowledge and self-esteem, and encourages reading skills.


The six traits of writing qualities teachers look for in writing

The Six Traits of Writing: Qualities Teachers Look for in Writing

Ideas

Organization

Voice

Word Choice

Sentence Fluency

Conventions


Ideas

Ideas

Clarity

Focus—a small, easy to manage topic

Good information—from experience, imagination, or research

A fresh perspective

Important, helpful details that go beyond the obvious


Organization

Organization

  • A snappy lead that gets the

    reader’s attention

  • Order and logic

  • Clear connections to a main idea

  • In tech or business writing, gets to the point!

  • Easy to follow

  • A graceful ending—doesn’t just STOP


Voice

Voice

Sounds human—not like technospeak

Has the mark of this particular writer

Brings the topic to life

Is appropriate for the audience, topic, purpose

Shows conscious concern for reader’s interests, informational needs

In tech writing, doesn’t bore the reader, but doesn’t overwhelm the message either


Word choice

Word Choice

  • Moments that stick with you

  • Strong verbs, precise nouns—

    no modifier overload

  • Word pictures

  • “Just right” language—suits the topic, audience, purpose

  • Simple language used well—not written to impress

  • Minimal redundancy

  • Technical terms defined as needed


Sentence fluency

Sentence Fluency

  • Rhythmic

  • Easy to read aloud—inviting

  • Varied sentence length

  • Tendency toward shorter, crisper sentences in tech/business writing

  • Purposeful sentence beginnings:

    Now, After a while, Because of this, Nevertheless, As a result, Consequently, However, Therefore…


Conventions and presentation

Conventions and Presentation

  • Looks clean, edited, proofread

  • Easy to decode and follow—conventions enhance meaning

  • No BIG, GLARING errors that distract the reader or distort the message

  • Checking citations (if they’re used)

  • Going over layout to ensure information is effectively presented


Time to practice

Time To Practice!


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