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The six traits

Writing Trait Introduction: Ideas

The Six Traits

The Six Traits of Writing help us

describe and improve our writing.


Focus on ideas

Writing Trait Introduction: Ideas

Focus on Ideas

Good ideas are clear and

interesting thoughts that writers

share with readers.


Ideas tell

Writing Trait Introduction: Ideas

Ideas tell

Ideas can be thoughts, facts, opinions, or details.

  • Who?

    My dad

  • What?

    My dad made dinner.

  • When?

    My dad made dinner last night.

  • Where?

    My dad made dinner at our house last night.

  • Why?

    My mom was out of town, so my dad made dinner at our house last night.

  • How?

    My mom was out of town, so my dad made dinner at our house last

    night. Since dad can’t cook, he ordered pizza!


Details

Writing Trait Introduction: Ideas

Details

Details are additional ideas that tell more about the topic.

Good writers add details to help the reader understand the topic better.


Details1

Writing Trait Introduction: Ideas

Details

Read the following part of a rough draft. Are there enough details?

My first day at gymnastics was fun. We did lots of stuff. The coach is really nice. When it was over, we went home.


Details2

Writing Trait Introduction: Ideas

Details

Now read the revised version of the same story. Can you identify some good details?

My first day at gymnastics was fun. First, we played on the trampoline. Then, we played in the pit. After lunch, the coach even helped us practice on the balance beam! I like our coach because she is very helpful and kind. When it was over, I didn’t want

to leave!


Sensory details

Writing Trait Introduction: Ideas

Sensory Details

Sensory details are ideas that tell how things look, sound, smell, feel, or taste.

Sight

The water in the pool was as blue as the sky.

Sound

Dozens of kids were laughing, squealing, and splashing.

Smell

My mom put sunscreen on me. It smelled like coconuts.

Touch

When I first jumped in, the water was freezing cold!

Taste

Later, we ate juicy grilled hotdogs and drank sweet lemonade.


Remember

Writing Trait Introduction: Ideas

Remember!

  • Ideas tell who, what, when, where, why,

    and how.

  • Details are additional ideas that tell more about the topic.

  • Sensory details are ideas about how things look, sound, smell, feel, and taste.


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