Six Traits of GREAT Writing IDEAS: Strong writing has a clear message, purpose, or focus. Strong writing contains plenty of specific supporting details. Notes: ORGANIZATION: Strong writing has a clear beginning, middle, and ending. Strong writing is well organized and easy to follow. Transitions are used effectively. Notes: VOICE: The best writing reveals the writer’s voice – or special way of saying things. The voice fits the audience and purpose. The writer sounds confident, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. Notes: WORD CHOICE: Good writing contains strong words, including specific nouns and verbs. Strong words help deliver a clear message. Vivid, colorful modifiers are used. Notes: SENTENCE FLUENCY: Effective writing flows smoothly from one sentence to the next. Sentences vary in length and begin in a variety of ways. A variety of sentence structure/type is used. Notes: CONVENTIONS: Good writing is carefully edited to make sure it is easy to understand. The writing follows the rules for punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Notes: Remember to review your goals for each trait prior to each writing assignment!