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Edits for upper and lower case letters in a name Identifies changes in drawing and writing over time, with teacher help A Parents Guide for Writing- September 1998Identifies strengths in own writing and sets goals for improvement, with teacher
help Includes relevant details that support the main idea and topic
ideas Organizes ideas into paragraphs with related details
personal and fictional narratives outlines, webbing, story mapping)
feedback from others and self-evaluation
quotations, titles, initials, and abbreviations Identifies simple subject and predicate Indicates paragraphs consistently by indenting or double spacing A Parents Guide for Writing- September 1998Includes relevant details that support the main idea and topic
to construct ideas Organizes ideas into paragraphs with related details Varies sentence length and complexity to support meaning
personal and fictional narratives, and to persuade outlines, webbing, story mapping)
feedback from others and self-evaluation
simple quotations, initials, and abbreviations Identifies simple subject and predicate Indicates paragraphs consistently by indenting or double spacing
informative A Parents Guide for Writing- September 1998 apostrophes in contractions and possessives Organizes text with title page, table of contents, subtitles Indicates paragraphs consistently by indenting or double spacing A Parents Guide for Writing- September 1998Writing is ...Prewriting - Idea
GeneratingDrafting - Getting It usually defined as a freely, back and forth needed.
It is not It is our goal for students to internalize and use Think Consider purpose Talk and write Take notes report other
A Parents Guide for Writing- September 1998 No one invented the six traits.
They are an inherent part of what makes writing work, and they have been around virtually as long as writing itself.
What teachers and writers have invented is a language for describing the qualities that most other teachers, writers, and readers think are important in good writing.Creating Writers, Second Edition, 1997 In the 1994-95 school year, the District adopted the six-trait writing model for both
The results generated from the assessment provide information that is useful for students, teachers, and parents about how well The model is also very useful in helpinquality of their own work.
Six-trait writing model matches the Washington State , seventh, and tenth grade levels.
The two-Sounds like writer knows topic well.
Inviting beginning and satisfying ending.Sounds like the person who wrote it.A Parents Guide for Writing- September 1998Clear thinking will produce clear writing.Donald Murray The first of the six basic writing traits is ideas and content
A paper with good ideas and content is clear and focused.
It holds and details enrich the central theme or story line.
This trait includes: Clarity/focus
Attention to what is interesting and important Ideas are the heart of the message of the writing; its what you have to say.
It is the reason you are writing.
To write well, it is important for you to really know about your ild ask to direct attention to ideas and Is my message clear? Do I know enough about my topic? Did I try hard to make it interesting? One of the best ways to understand the meaning of this trait is to look at the scoring guide for ideas and content on the next page.
The column on the right, with strong control of ideas and content.
The not yet learned to write clearly.
The coA Parents Guide for Writing- September 1998Organization is the hardest trait.K-12 Student Writers Across America It is organization
It is the internal structure of
which all the parts are connected.The al theme or story line.
The order, the text.
Organization includes: A captivating lead
Internal structure Strong transitions
ask to direct attention to organization Did I tell things in the best order? carefully build toward the most important point or idea.
Take care to link all your details In the scoring guide on the next page you can your writing fit? A Parents Guide for Writing- September 1998Voice separates writing that is read from writing that is not read.
Voice is the writer revealed.Donald Murray It is through your about.
It is what gives your writing personality, flavor, and style.
In a paper with good in the topic A capacity to elicit a strong response in the reader
Did I say what I think and feel? To help develop voice in youryour courage to say what you truly think and feel.A Parents Guide for Writing- September 1998I do not choose the right word.
I get rid of the wrong one.A.
Houseman It is word choiceenergy and clarity to your work.
In a paper Just the right word Simple language used well
Phrasing A love of words
Sensitivity to the readers understanding
ask to direct attention to word choice Did I use words I enjoy? As you choose the words for your writing you use language to paint a picture.
You Verbs are the most important of all your tools.
They push the sentence forward and give it momentum .
..flail, poke, dazzle, squash, beguile, pamper, swagger, wheedle, vex.
Probably no other language has such a vast supply of verbs so bright with color.A Parents Guide for Writing- September you become hopelessly mired in a sentence, it is best to start fresh ...The Elements of StyleIt is sentence fluencywith strong sentence fluency has an easy flow and rhythm when read aloud.
Rhythm and flow when read aloud Smooth sentence structure
ask to direct attention to sentence fluency are: Is my paper easy to read out loud