Park City High

Six Traits of Writing


Ideas and content are developed in a focused, interesting manner with details enriching the piece. The writing should hold the reader's attention.


The piece should exhibit a strong introduction and conclusion. The content should be organized well with smooth transitions between ideas. The details should be relevant to the content.


The voice should engage the reader.

Word Choice

Word choices should be natural, yet precise and interesting. They should evoke strong imagery.


The writing should demonstrate easy flow and rhythm that would lend itself to being read aloud. Dialogue should sound natural. The sentence structure and length should be varied.


There should not be any errors in usage, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation. The writer may manipulate conventions for style. Paragraphing needs to be sound.