The ideas are the main point of the writing. While in school, students are often given the topic. Students have a choice in how to develop their ideas.
- Does my paper have a main message?
- Does my paper demonstrate knowledge of the topic?
- Does my paper include details to support and develop the main topic?
- Do my ideas relate back to the thesis?
The organization of the writing is how it is structured. It is important to structure the writing in a logical, organized manner so that it flows naturally and stays on topic.
- Is there a logical order to the ideas?
- Do all of the ideas stay on topic?
- Are you repeating yourself?
- Does each paragraph have an opening sentence?
- Does each paragraph have a closing sentence?
3. Sentence Fluency
Sentence fluency focuses on the flow and rhythm of the writing. The writer should use a variety of sentences. A mixture of short and long sentences will help the writing piece flow.
- Are my sentences complete?
- Is your paper to easy to read aloud? (Grab a whisper phone.)
- Do the sentences vary in length and complexity?
- Does each sentence begin in a different way?
Writing is a life skill that all students need for a better future. We work on preparing students for writing in high school and college. In order to do this, we use the six traits of writing.
4. Word Choice
Word choice is the vocabulary that the writer chooses to convey a specific meaning. Make sure that you look through your writing piece to ensure that you don't over use words.
- Do I use strong verbs?
- Do I over use words? (Use a thesaurus)
- Does my word choice help the reader see, hear, feel, smell, or taste the topic?
Voice is the tone and style of the writer. Your writing piece should sound like a mature version of the author.
- Do I know my audience?
- Is my paper showing feeling?
- Is my paper lively throughout?
- Do I use a formal tone for school papers?
- Does my paper sound like me?
Conventions get into the nitty-gritty of the writing. A writer should check the piece for grammar and spelling. Make sure to check each paragraph for capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling (CUPS).
- Do I have a correct Good Shepherd heading?
- Have I reread my paper aloud?
- Have I checked for capitalization?
- Have I checked for usage?
- Have I checked for punctuation?
- Have I checked for spelling?