The 6+1 Trait Writing framework is a powerful way to learn and use a common
language to refer to characteristics of writing as well as create a common
vision of what 'good' writing looks like. Teachers and students use the 6+1
Trait model to pinpoint areas of strength and weakness as they continue to focus
on improved writing.
The 6+1 Trait Writing model for teaching and assessing writing is made up of 6+1
key qualities that define strong writing. These are: Ideas, the heart of the
message; Organization, the internal structure of the piece; Voice, the personal
tone and flavor of the author's message; Word Choice, the vocabulary a writer
chooses to convey meaning; Sentence Fluency, the rhythm and flow of the
language; Conventions, the mechanical correctness; and Presentation, how the
writing actually looks on the page.
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