Writing Workshop


We are continuing writer's workshop with our study of Ideas, one of the Six Traits of Writing.  For more information on the Six Traits of Writing, visit the link on this page.

Strategies Good Writers Use:

Set a purpose for your writing

Focus on your audience

List or draw your main Idea

Organize your ideas so that they make sense

Use your own personal voice

Choose EXACT VIVID Words

Use a variety of effective sentences

Elaborate with facts and details

Proofread to check for errors



Good Writers ask…


Good writers include a clear, focused well-defined topic and all the details needed to bring the topic to life.

Is my writing clear and focused?

Is there a main idea?

Do I provide details and support the main idea?

Does my response directly address the prompt?


Good writers use a strong introduction, a logical sequence that makes sense, transitions that link ideas together, and a powerful conclusion.

Does the introduction hook the reader?

Is it easy to follow the meaning/purpose of my writing?

Are my transitions between ideas clear?

Does the sequence of my writing make sense?


Good writers write with an engaging style that shows interest in the topic.

Does the writing have a clear point of view?

Is my writing style unique to me?

Word Choice

Good writers are skilled in finding that “just right” word or phrase that makes meaning clear and reading a pleasure.

Are the words used with flair and imagination?

Are the words descriptive, precise, and accurate?

Have I overused or misused any words?

Sentence Fluency

Good writers use sentences that are strong, well crafted, and varied. The writing flows smoothly from one sentence to the next.

Do my sentences start with different words?

Do my sentences vary in length?

Do my ideas flow smoothly?


Good writers pay careful attention to spelling, punctuation, grammar and capitalization.

Do all my sentences start with capital letters and end with a punctuation mark?

Are all words spelled correctly?

Are all paragraphs indented?

Is the dialogue punctuated correctly

In Writing we will be writing for personal expression through a poetry study. This quarter we will work together to answer the following essential questions:

  • How do writers find topics and ideas for writing?
  • How does word choice affect the thoughts and feelings of the reader?
  • How can I use my writer’s notebook as a resource when writing poetry?
  • How does knowing about an author or poet and his or her work help me become a better writer?
  • How can revising poems make them better?
  • What are some ways to end a poem and leave the reader satisfied?

Click on these links to reinforce your writing skills:

Power Proofreading Click here to practice your proofreading skills
Author's Purpose - matching game
Supporting Details - Online lesson and practice