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Traits of Good Writing
What will we be learning today?

  • In this lesson, we are going to learn all about what will make you a good writer.

Stimulating Ideas
What does that mean?

  • It means your ideas are exciting. They get someone's attention when you write them down.

  • Good writers use stimulating ideas to get people to read their work.

Logical Organisation
What does this mean?

  • Your writing has a beginning, middle and end.

    Even when you are writing a report about something like ants, you have to tell the facts in the right order, or it doesn't make sense.

Personal Voice
What does this mean?

  • When you write you are showing off some of who you are.

  • When two people write about the same thing, it will sound different. That is because of their own voice and how they show what they write is important to them.

  • Everything you write should be easy for someone else to read aloud and for others to listen to.

Original Word Choice
What does this mean?

  • You want to use words as your tools to dress up what you write. Think of verbs, adjectives and nouns that really match what you are saying.

  • For example instead of saying "the boy" you might want to say the angry, blonde haired boy or the boy with the big smile.

  • Let your words paint a picture of everything that you write

Smooth Sentences
What does this mean?

  • When you write you should use all different kinds of sentences. Some may be short, some may be long. Your sentence should start in different ways.

  • Would you like to read a book that has every sentence starting with the words, "The boy could" ? That would get boring after a while.

Correct, Accurate Copy
What does this mean?

  • After you write, it is important to revise and edit. When you read sentences, stories and reports they are harder to read if there are a lot of misspelled words.

  • What happens to sentences when there are no punctuation marks? Aren't they harder to understand?

Let's Review What We Learned Today

  • You have learned about good writing traits. These are things that good writers do.

  • Your job is to pick one of these websites. Pick a story that you find interesting and print it off. As you read the story, answer the questions on your worksheet page.

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