The 6 traits of writing

We have started learning about the 6 traits of writing in P4. These are the 6 things that make a good piece of writing and we learn about them through the use of picture books. The 6 traits are:

  • Ideas
  • Organisation
  • Voice
  • Word choice
  • Sentence Fluency
  • Conventions/Presentation

Picture books are packed FULL of great examples of all of these traits and by looking at them in depth, we can make our own writing even more interesting. If you would like any more information about the 6 traits then please visit:

We started by looking at ideas and how we can add juicy details to our writing. Last week, we read “The Hickory Chair” and explored the detail that is included in this story about a blind boy who has a strong relationship with his Gran. Today, we used our “blind sight” to write a description of an object from the classroom. The object was passed around and we tried to focus on what it feels like and what it sounds like. The aim was to be able to describe it so well that anybody would be able to tell what it is. Watch this space for some examples of our work…


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