An Overview of the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing

Ideas: the main message

Organization: the structure of the piece

Voice: the personal tone and flavor of the author's message

Word Choice: the vocabulary the writer chooses to convey meaning

Sentence Fluency: the rhythm and flow of the language

Conventions: the mechanical correctness

Presentation: how the writing actually looks on the page


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Elementary Guidelines K-5
Intermediate Guidelines 6-8
High School Guidelines 9-12
Student Scoring Samples
Lesson Plans/Activities
Teacher Resources
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Student Rubrics
Parent Information
Writing Tips
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Ruth Culham
Northwest Regional

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