6 + 1 Writing Traits
Trait #6 – Conventions
MED 6316 – Language Arts Instruction
In Elementary Schools
The sixth trait
Stages of a home:
I don’t know how to spell!
I am a bad speller!
You just tell me how to spell it!
These excuses will not work. What should you do if you don’t
know how to spell a word?
Look it up in the dictionary
Ask a friend
Look at the resources around you
Know the different types of punctuation.
question mark ?
exclamation point !
parentheses ( )
When do I use capital letters?
Names of people – Christopher Columbus
Words used as names – grandpa
Titles used as names – President Bush
Abbreviations – NFL
Proper Nouns – New York City
Historical Information – Civil War
Organizations - Republican
Geographic Names – Agusta, Maine
Nationalities – Egyptian
Languages – Spanish
Titles – Freckle Juice
First Words – The sky is blue.
Days & Months – Monday, January
Holidays – Easter
Greetings – Dear Charlie,
Closings – Your friend, Margo
Check all your sentences.
cool fall day Tom, Bill, and Bobby.
One cool fall day Tom, Bill, and Bobby went to go fishing
they caught only on fish all day.
Do you have sentence fragments or run-on sentences?
Do your subjects & verbs agree?
walk to the fishing hole.
Tom, Bill, and Bobby loves to go fishing.
A paragraph is a group of sentences that
concentrate on one topic.
each time you begin a new topic.
Each paragraph should include a…
sentence – tells what the paragraph is about
Body – detail sentences that back up the main idea
Closing sentence – sums up the big idea
Grade Level accomodations
End of writing process
Are my words spelled correctly
Is my grammar and usage correct
Do my subjects and verbs agree with one another
Have I capitalized proper nouns and words at the beginning of
Does each sentence end with appropriate punctuation
Proofread and edited with care