I know how I would answer this question, and I’m sure that the definition would shift a bit depending on who you asked, what they preferred to read, and how many essays they were responsible for providing feedback on over the weekend *smile*. When I think of what good writing is, I think of this book, this post, and these videos. I think of the work that Noah does. I think of her. And her. And them. I also think of this. And that. You might disagree. I know that when it comes to identifying good writing, things tend to be a bit subjective.
That’s why I appreciate the common language that is provided by the 6+1 Traits of Writing. Sometimes, people assume it is a program or a curriculum or a philosophy of some kind. It isn’t. The Traits are a framework. They also provide teachers and students and writers of all kinds a way of speaking about what is often very difficult to define. The web is rich with resources that guide us in this work. Good stuff. Check it out.
I’m doing a lot of work with teachers and students this week who are interested in learning more about what the Traits are, how they work within the writing process, and how the web opens up a world of opportunities for young writers who are honing their craft. That’s what I’ll be posting about this week too. Stop by if you have something to add.
In the meantime, consider how the traits work with the writer’s process and think about where the web might fit in. Don’t focus on the tools themselves. Consider the learning that can happen when writers understand how to engage with others in these spaces. Consider the skills that young writers might need support around in order to accomplish this. It’s not about “the tool.” It’s about connective writing. It’s about connected learning. That’s a far bigger and much more worthwhile conversation.
So, I’m wondering…….how might all of that inform the writer’s process? The Traits of good writing? What does all of this suggest about what good writing IS?
This post is the first in a series on writing and the 6+1 Traits. You may find the others here:
This post is the first in a series focused on the writing process and the 6+1 Traits of Writing. You may find the others here: