The Six Traits of Writing Learning Activities Lets

The Six Traits of Writing Learning Activities Lets

The Six Traits of Writing Learning Activities Lets GoClick Here! Six Traits of Writing Notes and Assignment Worksheet Directions: Open the Six Traits of Writing Notes and Assignments Worksheet, from Mrs. Leiders website, in Microsoft Word. Save this document in your student file under you name. Example: Leider_six_traits_notes_assignments Fill in each section of the notes as you watch the Six Traits PowerPoint Presentation. Save the document each time you add more information, so you do not

lose your work. When you are completely done, attach the notes to an e-mail When you are completely done, e-mail the notes to Mrs. Leider [email protected] Next Student Objectives Students will: Gain exposure to the six traits of writing Be able to define the six traits of writing Write using the elements of the six traits of writing Evaluate papers based on the six traits of writing rubric Next

What you will learn. . . How to write using the Six Traits Print the Six Traits Scoring Rubric Read the scoring rubric so it will be familiar to you. We will be using it a lot. Leaping the River means taking your writing from the learner level (score 1) up to a expert mastery level (score 6). Why use the Six Traits rubric? The scoring rubric helps students know what is expected in their writing. The scoring rubric helps students to assess and improve their writing. The scoring rubric helps a teacher assess the quality of your writing. Next

Six Traits of Writing Writing is like. . . Writing is like a guitar. Guitars have six different strings. Each string has a different note or tone to it. Some are high, and some are low. If you were to play a song with one string, the song would be rather dull, boring, and monotonous. However, if the six strings are played together, and they are given an interesting rhythm, the gorgeous melody floats across the room and stirs the soul. Writing is the same in many ways, There are many different elements, rules, and steps that need to be followed. Without all of the elements, theNext writing lacks What you will learn. . .

Click on Ideas to begin Ideas Organization Voice Word Choice Sentence Fluency Conventions Six Traits and The Writing Process - Working together Ideas Definition Ideas: The message the writer conveys; what the writer has to say. This should be fresh and original; unique to the writers personal experience. The content should contain details to support the main message. Read your scoring rubric for ideas. What do you need to do to get a 6?

*Record answers on Word document! Show vs. Tell Click Here SHOW vs. tell Show dont tell. Henry James We have all heard Fred R. Barnards saying, A picture is worth a thousand words. The goal then, is to make our writing equal to the thousand words of a picture. An example of a tell statement is Martin Luther King Jr. was a great speaker. This example just tells the reader that King was a great speaker. To be a show statement, the example needs to have details and vivid description that makes the reader feel like he is right there living the experience. Tell statements are not bad, but for every tell statement, you should have two or three show statements. Continue on to learn how to write a show statement, and make your writing come alive. Good writing uses a variety of specifics and a lot of different types of details. Print the Types of Specifics hand-out examples about the types of details and specifics that can make your writing come alive, then answer the questions in your worksheet.

Some Quotes About Showing Dont say the old lady screamed bring her on and let her scream. Mark Twain Dont tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. Anton Chekhov Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon. Beauty is in the details German Proverb Unknown Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. . .William Wordsworth Next Examples of Ideas 1. Click and read the following writing samples. 2. Use your scoring rubric to score each writing sample for ideas and content. In your Six Traits Notes and Assignments Worksheet, score sample one and two for Ideas (1 - 6) and answer the questions for each.

3. The writing prompt was: Describe a vacation you had last summer. Writing Samples: 1. The Redwoods 2. Mouse Alert Next More Examples of Ideas in Writing 1. Click and read the following writing samples. 2. Use your scoring rubric to score each writing sample for ideas and content. In your Six Traits Notes and Assignments Worksheet, score sample three, four, and five for Ideas (1 - 6) and answer the following questions for each.

3. The writing prompt was: Life in the Middle Ages Writing Samples: 3. The Middle Ages (Grade 7) Paper A 4. Middle Ages (Grade 7) Paper B 5. Life in the Middle Ages (Grade 7) Paper C Next Practice with Ideas - Leveling Use your saved Six Traits Notes and Assignments Worksheet. Complete level one through three to practice the trait of ideas. Remember to save your document, when you are done. Level 1 Write ONE sentence about a memorable person, place, or event in your life using ONE adjective to describe that person, place, or event. (Tell Statement) An adjective is a word that describes a noun. It answers the questions, which,

what kind, and how many. Example: My grandma is a talented cook. (Tell Statement) Next Practice with Ideas Leveling (cont.) Level 2 Now, write two or three sentences, SHOWING what you said in that one adjective. Drop the adjective. Example: The kitchen is a mess but the end result will be a delicious meal when my grandma cooks. Knowing that I will get to eat a meal made by grandma makes my mouth water. (More show than tell) Next Practice with Ideas Leveling (cont.) Level 3 And now. . . put yourself mentally at the scene, in the event, with the person. See, hear, feel, taste,

smell. BE THERE. Put the reader there, using the most vivid impressions you can call to mind. Let VERBS work for you. (Show Statement) Example: The aromas drifting from the kitchen mean that a masterpiece is being created. Garlic, onion, slow-cooked chicken and finally the sweet smell of the unavoidable chocolate cake calling to me like a long-lost friend. The air is heavy with the promise of a delicious meal served with a side of love and devotion to family. She hums melodies, to herself, to the food, to the grandchildren, I am never quite sure. Finally, as if she can sense the crowd can no longer wait, calling us to our destiny.(Show Statement) Next Ideas The Final Word Have a heart. Be passionate about your writing. Ideas are the heart of any piece of writing. Ideas are all about information. In a good creative piece, ideas paint pictures in a readers mind. In an informational piece, strong ideas make hardto-penetrate text reader friendly. Two things

make ideas work well: clarity and details. Good writing always makes sense. And it includes details not just any old details, mind you, but those beyond-the-obvious bits of information that thoughtful, observant writers notice. Next Organization - Definition Organization: Putting things in an order that makes sense. Making the main idea stand out. Using a lead (introduction) and conclusion to guide the readers thinking. Read your scoring rubric for organization. What do you need to do to get a 6? *Record answers on Word document! Next Organization and Graphic Organizer

Print the 5 paragraph essay format, and use it along with the next few slides, to identify and define the parts of an essay. Type them in your notes. The 5 Paragraph Essay Next Organization Paragraph Definitions Paragraph A paragraph is made up of a topic sentence, several sentences of details (the paragraph body), and a conclusion or transition statement (used in an essay). All parts of the paragraph need to be aligned with the topic sentence. Everything in the paragraph should be about the one topic of the paragraph. If you start writing about a new topic, that means you need to start a new paragraph. Topic Sentence This tells your readers what your

paragraph is about. It introduces the topic of your paragraph. Details The information readers need to understand the subject. The sentences should contain details that clearly support the topic sentence. Paragraph Conclusion A conclusion is a sentence that wraps-up or summarizes the main ideas of your paragraph. Transition Statement Used to transition from one paragraph to another in an essay. Like a paragraph conclusion, the transition statement wraps-up or summarizes the paragraph, then gives a hint of what is coming up in the next paragraph. This creates a bridge from one topic to another. Next

Organization - Essay Definitions The Hook or Lead The hook is just that--a hook. It must "hook" your reader into your writing. This should be something that grabs and holds the readers attention; it makes them want to read the rest of your paper. If you cant catch the reader in a few words youve lost the reader. A hook could be a story, quote, description, rhetorical question, just to name a few Thesis Statement Your paper boiled down to one sentence. A sentence, usually in the first paragraph, that encapsulates the topic of the essay. Introduction Usually the first paragraph contains the hook, your thesis statement, and a summary of the main ideas in your paper. This should give them an idea of what your whole paper is about.

Body The paragraphs that contain the detailed information of your paper. There should be a paragraph for each of your main ideas. Conclusion Usually the last paragraph similar to the introduction, but should not be the same word-for-word. Restate your thesis statement, and summarize the main points again. This is the last thing the reader will read. It should remind them of the main points of your paper. The Zinger This is the last statement of the paper. The zinger should really bring your paper into home-plate. This is a statement that wrapsup your paper, then leaves the reader wanting even more. It leaves the reader pondering your paper. Next Graphic Organizers Clustering or Web-Diagram

1. Your paper topic (thesis statement) goes in the middle circle. 2. Then, branch out to your three or four main points. 3. Finally, add your details. Line Diagram or Branching 1. Your paper topic (thesis statement) goes in the top circle. 2. Then, branch out to your three or four main points. 3. Finally, add your details. Next Graphic Organizer The Final Word Plans are never final the football game plan changes with what happens on the field but plans solve many problems in advance of writing. Donald Murray You are not married to your Graphic

Organizer! Sometimes you have to punt. Next Voice - Definition Voice: The unique personality and creativity of the writer - the writers fingerprint. The reader should get a sense that a real, truthful person is the writer behind the words and meanings on the page. Read your scoring rubric for ideas. What do you need to do to get a 6? *Record answers on Word document! Next Examples of Voice 1.

Click and read the following writing samples. 2. Use your scoring rubric to score each writing sample for voice. In your Six Traits Notes and Assignments Worksheet, score sample one, two, three, and four for Voice (1 6) and answer the following questions for each. 3. Writing Samples: 1. Attitude Problem 2. Oh, Baby - What a Night 3. Parking With Dad Next The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank 1. Read and react to the selection from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Sometimes

the people in hiding talk at length about what they want to do when they are free again. . . . Most of all I long to have a home of our own, to be able to move around freely and have someone help me with my homework again, at last. In other words, to go back to school! 2. Choose a role. You could be: Anne, Margot. Daddy, Mummy, Mr. or Mrs. Van Daan, Peter, The married

couple, the police, the burglars, Mouschi (The Cat), Kitty (The Diary), or another character. You can write with the voice of any character or part. 3. In your saved Six Traits of Writing Notes and Assignments Worksheet, create a journal entry reflecting on your day. Write this in the Voice of the character. Your entry should be 10-15 complete sentences. Really try to get into character. How would he or she feel, make the reader feel that way! Next Voice The Final Word Voice is linked with knowledge and research. Vicki Spandel Tips for success in Voice: 1. Be yourself Fingerprints on the page, Immediately identifiable. 2. Match voice to purpose A mystery story, business letter,

and a comedy all have different types of voices, match them correctly. 3. Think of your audience Who are they? Write right to them. 4. Care If youre bored, why should your reader care? 5. Know your topic Knowledge puts confidence into your voice. 6. Think of everything as a letter Almost nothing - except perhaps poetry can match the voice of a good letter. So imagine youre writing a letter even when you are not. In order for your writing to be irreplaceable, it must be

unique. Unknown Next Word Choice - Definition Word Choice: The words create pictures in my mind. Words that are precise and accurate. The writer should use strong action verbs and descriptive adjectives. I can almost see, smell, touch, hear, and taste the writing. Read your scoring rubric for organization. What do you need to do to get a 6? *Record answers on Word document! Next Word Choice The difference between the right word and the almost

right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. Mark Twain Next Word Choice Dont Generalize Remember - Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use. Wendell Johnson Bury tired words and phrases. The Pen is mightier

than the sword, Edward BulwerLytton 1839 Words like good, exciting, fun, special, and nice say nothing. They are worse than nothing because they are annoying. They make your reader do all the work. Choose Powerful Verbs with meaning Which verb gives you more meaningful information? The soldier walked into headquarters after a long night of war. OR The soldier (choose from below) into headquarters after a long night of war. accompanied, advanced, ambled, ambulated, booted, cantered, escorted, exercised, filed, hiked, hoofed it, lumbered, marched, meandered, paced, padded, paraded, patrolled, perambulated, pitter-pattered, plodded, pranced, promenaded, raced, roamed,

roved, ran, sauntered, scuffed, shambled, shuffled, slogged, stalked, stepped, strode, strolled, strutted, toddled, toured, traipsed, tramped, traversed, treaded, trekked, trooped, trudged, wandered Verbs they can change the setting and the soldier How many different stories could you envision just by changing the verb? Next Thesaurus A thesaurus is a book that will give you words with similar meanings (synonyms) and words with opposite meanings (antonyms). If you need a little help, try using a an online thesaurus. Hint Enter the present tense of the verb Next The Final Word Word Choice Words -so innocent and powerless as they

are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. Nathaniel Tips for Success in Word Choice 1. Collect Quotations Collect the good and the not so good.

2. Think of another way to say it Alice was angry. How else could you say that? Alice was vexed, provoked, furious, livid, hysterical, blue in the face, storming, frenzied, freaked out, beside herself, ranting, huffy, fiery, pugnacious, cranky, peppery, explosive, and agitated. 3. Think Verbs No adjective on earth can compete with a verb. So, dont move forward when you could lunge. Dont simply walk down the street if you could trudge, shuffle, galumph, meander, promenade, or saunter. 4. Make a picture Pictures add detail. Add that same detail, but do it with words. 5. Cut the fat Words only have power ONLY if they carry their own weight. So let them. Hack off words you dont need.

2001. Great Source Education Group. All rights reserved. May be reproduced by Write Traits trainers/ teachers for non-commercial instructional purposes. Next Sentence Fluency - Definition Sentence Fluency: The ability to create smooth flow and rhythm of the sentence structure. The fluency of short vs. long sentences should carry the reader along seamlessly. This is easy to read aloud. Read your scoring rubric for organization. What do you need to do to get a 6? *Record answers on Word document! Next

HOT TIPS for Compelling Sentences In the sentence fluency section of your Six Traits Notes and Assignments Worksheet, complete the following activities for the twelve hot tips to achieving compelling sentences, readable sentences, and sentence fluency. Remember: By definition, a complete sentence expresses a complete thought and contains both a subject (the person, place, or thing that the sentence is about) and a predicate (what the subject does, the action, the verb). Several ideas, not just one, may make up this complete thought. The trick is getting those ideas to work together in a clear, interesting sentence that expresses your exact meaning while reading and flowing easily . Next HOT TIPS for Compelling Sentences Combine a series of little, choppy sentences into one smooth sentence. (Write the smooth sentence in at least two different ways on your Six Traits Notes and Assignments

Worksheet. Activity #1The kids played. The kids were happy. They danced around. They danced on December 31, 2010. It was called a New Years Eve party. The dancing lasted until 1:00 a.m. More than 100 kids danced. Next HOT TIPS for Compelling Sentences Use connecting words (but, also, nevertheless, however, In addition) to show how ideas relate. (Use connecting words to connect the following related sentences.) Write at least two connected sentences on your Six Traits Notes and Assignments Worksheet. Activity #2 1- Mr. Jones rules included working until he judged the project to be complete. 2- Jones plan included sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. 3- Jones spoke of his desire to have the perfect classroom.

4- Many students were baffled and confused by Jones. 5- Jones rules lead to the sadness of around one hundred students. Based on the following source 2001. Great Source Education Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Adapted from Writers Inc. 1996. Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, and Dave Kemper. Sections 173-099, Style 1-800-445-8613. Adapted and included with permission from the publisher. May be reproduced by Write Traits trainers/teachers for instructional purposes. Next HOT TIPS for Compelling Sentences Add details to complete the picture. (Take the following short and boring sentences and add more details to make them more vivid and interesting.) Activity #3 1- They were terrified of the haunted house. 2- Crazy zombies attacked visitors. 3- The spinning tunnel ended the tour. Based on the following source 2001. Great Source Education Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Adapted from Writers Inc. 1996. Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, and Dave Kemper. Sections 173-099, Style 1-800-445-8613. Adapted and included with permission from the publisher. May be reproduced by Write Traits trainers/teachers for instructional purposes. Next

HOT TIPS for Compelling Sentences Watch out for run-ons (multiple sentences jammed together). Avoid comma splices (Two complete independent clauses or sentences that could stand alone but are connected incorrectly with a comma.) (Correct the following sentences by either splitting the sentences and adding a period, using a semi-colon, or using a comma and a conjunction (and, or, but) to combine the sentences correctly. Avoid comma splices, rambling sentences, and run-on sentences.) Activity #4 1- The trip continued on many were growing tired of the endless drive. 2- The sunset at the beach always ended too fast, many were still swimming, they were still playing on a late Friday night. Based on the following source 2001. Great Source Education Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Adapted from Writers Inc. 1996. Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, and Dave Kemper. Sections 173-099, Style 1-800-445-8613. Adapted and included with permission from the publisher. May be reproduced by Write Traits trainers/teachers for instructional purposes. Next HOT TIPS for Compelling Sentences Avoid rambling sentences that go on and on with no end in sight.

Simply adding an and is NOT the solution. (Correct the following sentences by either splitting the sentences and adding a period, using a semi-colon, or using a comma and a conjunction (and, or, but) to combine the sentences correctly. Avoid comma splices, rambling sentences, and run-on sentences.) Activity #5 1- The players entered the stadium and attacked the opponent and pounced on the plays and sunk many attempts and ended many hopes. 2- Coach started his conquest of Division A by running plays and he continued to take more victories by running more plays and finally Coach conquered the best team but all of this was ignored by the rest of Division A and the press. Based on the following source 2001. Great Source Education Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Adapted from Writers Inc. 1996. Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, and Dave Kemper. Sections 173-099, Style 1-800-445-8613. Adapted and included with permission from the publisher. May be reproduced by Write Traits trainers/teachers for instructional purposes. Next HOT TIPS for Compelling Sentences Make all pronoun (he, she, it, I, you, her, his, their, your, etc.) references clear. (Rewrite the following sentences so that the meaning is clear.)

Activity #6 1- During the storm, plows rolled through many towns clearing the roads. They made terrible noise as they went through the town clearing their mess. 2- The Falcons lost two players trying to fend off Eagle attacks. They destroyed and burned plays, players, and coaches to keep them out of their zone. Based on the following source 2001. Great Source Education Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Adapted from Writers Inc. 1996. Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, and Dave Kemper. Sections 173-099, Style 1-800-445-8613. Adapted and included with permission from the publisher. May be reproduced by Write Traits trainers/teachers for instructional purposes. Next HOT TIPS for Compelling Sentences Get rid of deadwood. Eliminate the unnecessary words. (Rewrite these sentences by eliminating the unnecessary words deadwood and creating a more concise statement.) Activity #7a The Fosters, meanwhile, that were living in Atlanta during the siege of that city, which lasted more than two years, suffered appalling hardships for a

long period of time. Activity #7b The next day after Pearl Harbor, a grim-faced President Franklin D. Roosevelt, FDR, addressed by radio a sad nation, telling them that December 7 th was, a date which will live in infamy. Based on the following source 2001. Great Source Education Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Adapted from Writers Inc. 1996. Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, and Dave Kemper. Sections 173-099, Style 1-800-445-8613. Adapted and included with permission from the publisher. May be reproduced by Write Traits trainers/teachers for instructional purposes. Next HOT TIPS for Compelling Sentences Avoid jargon. Jargon is language used in a certain profession or group of people. It is not easily understood outside of that group. It is very technical and not at all natural. (Rewrite a better sentence by eliminating the jargon.) Activity 8 During Hart Start many Eagles were engaged in conversations about twitter feeds, jpg files, the excitement of having A lunch, and the possibility of a Hart Hacker in the spring.

Based on the following source 2001. Great Source Education Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Adapted from Writers Inc. 1996. Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, and Dave Kemper. Sections 173-099, Style 1-800-445-8613. Adapted and included with permission from the publisher. May be reproduced by Write Traits trainers/teachers for instructional purposes. Next HOT TIPS for Compelling Sentences Avoid shifts in number and verb tense (past, present, future). (Rewrite this sentence at least two different ways, making the appropriate corrections.) Activity #9 A soldier needs to be extremely careful when they crossed the dead zone between the two defensive lines. Based on the following source 2001. Great Source Education Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Adapted from Writers Inc. 1996. Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, and Dave Kemper. Sections 173-099, Style 1-800-445-8613. Adapted and included with permission from the publisher. May be reproduced by Write Traits trainers/teachers for instructional purposes. Next HOT TIPS for Compelling Sentences Avoid shifts in voice. Do not switch the voice of a sentence. Be

aware of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person and active or passive voice. (Rewrite the following sentence with the appropriate corrections.) Activity #10a Bombs were dropping on Pearl Harbor and many ships were being destroyed by them. (One verb is in active voice. The second verb is in passive voice. Switch the sentence so that both verbs are in active voice.) Activity #10b I saw some planes coming in from the harbor, and suddenly you realized that they were not friendly planes, but Japanese zeros. (Fix the shift in voice) Based on the following source 2001. Great Source Education Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Adapted from Writers Inc. 1996. Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, and Dave Kemper. Sections 173-099, Style 1-800-445-8613. Adapted and included with permission from the publisher. May be reproduced by Write Traits trainers/teachers for instructional purposes. Next HOT TIPS for Compelling Sentences Keep sentence elements (clauses, phrases) parallelthat is, matching in form. (State all the verbs in the same form.) (Rewrite the following sentences with the appropriate corrections.)

Activity # 11 1- Women built ships and planes, produced munitions and weapons, and were frequently staffing offices. 2- British and American women served in the armed forces in many auxiliary rolesdriving trucks and ambulances, delivered airplanes, decoding messages, and assisted at antiaircraft sites. 3- In America, many were willing to sacrifice, giving their lives, gave up many luxuries for the war effort, and working hard to support the war effort. Based on the following source 2001. Great Source Education Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Adapted from Writers Inc. 1996. Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, and Dave Kemper. Sections 173-099, Style 1-800-445-8613. Adapted and included with permission from the publisher. May be reproduced by Write Traits trainers/teachers for instructional purposes. Next HOT TIPS for Compelling Sentences Avoid There is or There are as sentence beginnings. Be direct. (Rewrite the following sentences so they are more direct.) Activity #12 1- There are many things that the Nazis did to humiliate the Jewish prisoners arriving in the concentration camps. 2 There was a lot of disbelief among the soldiers who discovered

the horrors of the concentration camps. 3 There were, in some cases, friends, neighbors, and even strangers who protected Jews from the Nazis final solution. Based on the following source 2001. Great Source Education Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Adapted from Writers Inc. 1996. Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, and Dave Kemper. Sections 173-099, Style 1-800-445-8613. Adapted and included with permission from the publisher. May be reproduced by Write Traits trainers/teachers for instructional purposes. Next HOT TIPS for Compelling Sentences Based on the following source 2001. Great Source Education Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Adapted from Writers Inc. 1996. Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, and Dave Kemper. Sections 173-099, Style 1-800-445-8613. Adapted and included with permission from the publisher. May be reproduced by Write Traits trainers/teachers for instructional purposes. Next Variety in Length Remember Sentence fluency is the ability to create smooth flow and rhythm of the sentence structure. The fluency of short vs. long sentences should carry the reader along seamlessly. Sentences should be easy to

read aloud and sound smooth, not choppy. If you have ever read something that is full of short choppy sentences, you probably had a headache when you were done reading. Choppy sentences make for choppy reading. Read Sparky the Dog (Click below) to see how choppy and stiff if sounds. Then, see if you can rewrite the paragraph, combining some of the sentences to make it flow more smoothly. This will create the desired variety of short and long sentences. When you are finished, reread your revision to see how much the writing has improved. Example My dog Sparky is going to get into trouble. Sparky is going to get into trouble because he wont leave the neighbors cat alone. Revision Because he cant leave the neighbors cat alone, my dog Sparky is going to get into trouble. Now see what you can do with the following paragraph about Sparky. Click below. Rewrite your revision in your Six Traits Notes and Assignment Worksheet. Sparky Remember to save it when you are done. the Dog Next

Read Aloud for Fluency Writing needs to be heard not just read. Read your own writing out loud. Read your own writing. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out. Author Unknown Read the writing of other authors. Read, read, read. Read everything trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! Youll absorb it. Then write. William Faulkner The greatest part of a writers time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book. Samuel Johnson I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read. Samuel Johnson The man who doesnt read books has no advantage over the man who cant read them. Mark Twain Next Sentence Fluency The Final Word 6 Tips for Success in Sentence Fluency 1.

Read Aloud Read everything you write aloud. If some things are hard to get this, now is the time to fix it. 2. Combine Doing a creative piece? Narrative or personal essay? For smooth rhythm and flow, combine sentences and stretch others out a bit. 3. Keep it Crisp On the other hand, if youre doing a business letter or technical piece, keep it short. 4. Check out the first four words Do not use the same opener over and over: I enjoy. . I like. . I . . I 5. Dont get breathless Separate one sentence from another.

Stop one thought before you start another. 6. Read other peoples writing aloud Find the most fluent writing you can. Read it aloud and really listen to the rhythms. Next Conventions - Definition Conventions: Punctuation, grammar, spelling, capitalization, paragraph structure. These elements should be used to make the writing content easy to read. Read your scoring rubric for organization. What do you need to do to get a 6? *Record answers on Word document! Next

Conventions How did conventions come to be? Click to read - onceuponatime - a story of the evolution of capitalization and punctuation. Conventions are simply some rules on punctuation, capitalization, and grammar. Someone just decided what the rules would be. Another example of conventions is: Driving Rules Conventions for driving America 1. 2. 3. Drive on the right side of the road

Steering-wheel on left side of car Shift with right hand 1. 2. 3. Drive on the left side of the road Steering-wheel on right side of car Shift with left hand The English and Americans both made some rules conventions for driving, and agreed to follow them to avoid confusion. In England the conventions of driving are different. Why?

Can you imagine the confusion, if you did not follow the rules of driving? England Side Note Is that song My County, Tis of Thee, OR God Save the Queen? It is the same with writing conventions. Next Conventions of Math Someone came up with some rules (conventions) for math and called them. . . The Order of Operations Parentheses Exponents

Multiplication Division Addition Subtraction (Please) (Excuse) (My) (Dear) (Aunt) (Sally) Next Conventions for Math The Order of Operations 6 + (11 7) - 1 = ? 2 If you dont follow the order of operations, you may get the answer: 6 + 11 49 - 1= -33 WRONG

OR 6 + 11 7 = 10 10 x 10 = 100 1 = 99 OR many other possible answers WRONG When you follow the order or operations (Parenthesis / Exponents / Multiplication / Division / Addition / Subtraction), you will get the answer: 6 + 16 1 = 21 CORRECT Someone invented some rules for math that we follow to eliminate confusion. It is the same with writing conventions.

Next Punctuation Refresher Visit the websites below for a refresher course on proper punctuation. Click on each link and then record your notes on your Six Traits of Writing Notes and Assignments worksheet. End Punctuation Periods Question Marks Exclamation Points Commas Semicolons

Colons Quotation Marks Capitalization Rules Their vs. There vs. Theyre Rules Next Conventions Why are conventions such a big deal? Businesses need more people who can write. Read the following: What Corporate America Cant Build: A Sentence

New York Times Article Actual E-mail #1 Actual E-mail #2 Actual E-mail #3 Complete the following activity in your saved Six Traits of Writing Notes and Assignments Worksheet. 1. Summarize what you learned from the article. 2. Read the E-mails and score them for conventions (1 to 6) using the Six-Traits Scoring Rubric. Describe why you gave them that score. 3. How did the quality of writing affect the way you felt about the company who sent the e-mails? Next Six Traits and The Writing Process Notice that step 5 (Revision) is where you use five of the six

1. Experience traits Prewriting How do they work together? 8 steps Start 1.Ideas 2. Ideas 2. Rehearsing Organization Pre-writing 3. Organization Structure 7. Publishing How can 3. Drafting you do even better next

time? 6. Editing 6. Conventions 4. Sharing 4. Voice 7. Conventions Presentation 8. All Traits = Six Traits = Writing Process 8. Assessment 5. Revision 5. Ideas Organization

Voice Notice that step 8 Assessment connects you back Word Choice to step 6 Revision This is so you can assess how well you did on your paper and plan for how you can Sentence Fluency do even better on your next paper. Next Six Traits of Writing Notes and Assignment Worksheet Directions: 1. 2. 3. 4. Open and make sure you have finished your saved Six Traits of Writing Notes and Assignments Worksheet in Microsoft Word.

Save the final document in your student file under you name. Example: Leider_six_traits_notes When you are completely done, attach the notes to an e-mail When you are completely done, e-mail the notes to Mrs. Leider [email protected] THE END CONGRATULATIONS!

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    The translation shift approach - Islamic University of Gaza

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