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Ideas and Content
The first element of the 6 + 1 Traits
What are ideas and content?
The ideas and content is what you
have to say - the reason for writing
your paper. Everything ...
So where do I get these ideas?
• Use the ideas that are
floating all around you!
• Personal experiences
• Something you kn...
Clear As Mud?
Once you have chosen a topic ask
yourself a few questions.
Is my topic too LARGE for me to do a good
job?
...
Is my topic too LARGE?
#1 RULE
Keep it small
 If your topic is too large
the reader will get lost.
 Animals
 Birds
 E...
Do I know enough about my topic?
 If my topic is How the
Eagle Became the
National Bird
 Do I know a lot about
that topi...
What is the point?
Keep in mind
Know your audience.
Have a clear plan for
writing.
Answer any question
the reader may ...
Put It All Together
 Choose a topic that
you will enjoy.
 Narrow your topic to
a controllable size.
 Add interesting
de...
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Writing Traits: Ideas and Content

  1. 1. Ideas and Content The first element of the 6 + 1 Traits
  2. 2. What are ideas and content? The ideas and content is what you have to say - the reason for writing your paper. Everything about your writing begins with that message. -Northwest Regional Education Laboratory
  3. 3. So where do I get these ideas? • Use the ideas that are floating all around you! • Personal experiences • Something you know a lot about • Something important to you • An idea from your imagination • Something that interests you Now let’s do some brainstorming!
  4. 4. Clear As Mud? Once you have chosen a topic ask yourself a few questions. Is my topic too LARGE for me to do a good job? Do I know enough about my topic to share it with someone else? What is the point of my paper or story?
  5. 5. Is my topic too LARGE? #1 RULE Keep it small  If your topic is too large the reader will get lost.  Animals  Birds  Eagles  How the Eagle Became the National Bird Were our topics too large?
  6. 6. Do I know enough about my topic?  If my topic is How the Eagle Became the National Bird  Do I know a lot about that topic?  Do I know details that most people wouldn’t?  If not, do I know where to find interesting details?
  7. 7. What is the point? Keep in mind Know your audience. Have a clear plan for writing. Answer any question the reader may have before they have to ask.
  8. 8. Put It All Together  Choose a topic that you will enjoy.  Narrow your topic to a controllable size.  Add interesting details that may surprise people.  Have a clear plan for writing.
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