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The six traits

Writing Trait Introduction: Word Choice

The Six Traits

The Six Traits of Writing represent the

things that we can observe, assess, revise,

and edit in any piece of writing.


Focus on word choice

Writing Trait Introduction: Word Choice

Focus on Word Choice

Good word choice means that clear and

precise nouns and verbs carry the message, supported by carefully selected modifiers.


Good word choice is easy to recognize

Writing Trait Introduction: Word Choice

Good word choice is easy to recognize.

Read the following portion of a rough draft. The word choice in this sample is weak. Nouns and verbs are neither clear nor specific. Modifiers are vague and weak.

The player went through the middle, and then he went sideways. He ran really quickly to the end of the field and made a score. The crowd suddenly got really loud.

Now read the final draft of this paragraph, which has been revised to improve word choice.

The powerful tailback exploded violently through the line of scrimmage. He then bounced outside and sprinted to the far endzone. As he tore down the sideline, the crowd erupted in frenzied anticipation of the winning touchdown.


What makes the word choice better in the second sample

Writing Trait Introduction: Word Choice

What makes the word choice betterin the second sample?

The powerful tailback exploded violently through the line of scrimmage. He then bounced outside and sprinted to the far endzone. As he tore down the sideline, the crowd erupted in frenzied anticipation of the winning touchdown.

The writer uses nouns that are clear, precise, and content-specific (in this case, football-specific words).


What makes the word choice better in the second sample1

Writing Trait Introduction: Word Choice

What makes the word choice betterin the second sample?

The powerful tailback exploded violently through the line of scrimmage. He then bounced outside and sprinted to the far endzone. As he tore down the sideline, the crowd erupted in frenzied anticipation of the winning touchdown.

The writer uses verbs that are precise and very descriptive. They show the actions very clearly.


What makes the word choice better in the second sample2

Writing Trait Introduction: Word Choice

What makes the word choice betterin the second sample?

The powerful tailback exploded violently through the line of scrimmage. He then bounced outside and sprinted to the far endzone. As he tore down the sideline, the crowd erupted in frenzied anticipation of the winning touchdown.

The writer carefully selects just

the right adjectives to describe some of the nouns.


What makes the word choice better in the second sample3

Writing Trait Introduction: Word Choice

What makes the word choice betterin the second sample?

The powerful tailback exploded violently through the line of scrimmage. He then bounced outside and sprinted to the far endzone. As he tore down the sideline, the crowd erupted in frenzied anticipation of the winning touchdown.

The writer carefully selects just the right adverbs to support some of the verbs. Notice that in this model, most verbs are strong enough to stand on their own without adverbs.


Figurative language

Writing Trait Introduction: Word Choice

Figurative Language

  • Simile (Compares two things using like or as): The entire offense worked like a well-oiled machine.

  • Metaphor (Describes one thing as if it were something else): The starting tailback was a real thoroughbred.

  • Hyperbole (Exaggerates on purpose to make a point): The victory was nothing short of miraculous!

  • Personification (Assigns human traits to non-human things): Eighty yards away, the endzone beckoned.

  • Idiom (Uses commonly known expressions to explain

    or describe): Our guys played with a real chip on their shoulders.


Remember

Writing Trait Introduction: Word Choice

Remember!

  • Good word choice means using clear and precise nouns and verbs.

  • Good word choice means supporting some nouns and verbs with well-chosen adjectives and adverbs.

  • Good word choice sometimes uses figurative language to describe.


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