Each of us is a writer in our own way. Whether it is lists or letters, essays or articles, we all write in our daily lives and when we do so, it is with a common purpose at heart: to record and share information. For writers who are still developing their skills, understanding the purpose of writing and how to write with that purpose in mind can be a bit tricky. It is all well and good to write straight from the imagination with the furor of stream of consciousness inspiration as a motivation, but in the end, if you want your writing to be read and the information that it conveys to be understood, there are a few useful standards to consider.
These printable checklists are based on those standards, sometimes referred to as “The Six Traits.” From homeschoolers to homework-doers, almost any young writer can benefit from spending a few minutes engaged in a self-evaluation of what they have written and its ability to effectively share ideas, information and imagination with an audience. We grown-ups could probably do a bit of that too.
To download the checklists for printing and to use with your own writing, please click here.
Annie Riechmann is an educator, blogger and mama to two small people who live in the Burlington, Vermont area. Annie is also the creator and publisher of Alphabet Glue, a literacy themed e-magazine for families. She is a big believer in tree climbing at any age and is actively taking suggestions for keeping groundhogs out of her garden this year. You can visit her at her online abode, Bird and Little Bird, where she writes about everything from books and babies to laundering snowpants and the joys of putting a husband through medical school.