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Word Choice

These traits are the basis for good writing. We will practice writing using one trait at a time. Each trait comes with a song:

Ideas Song
(sung to the tune of "Row, Row Row Your Boat")
Write, write, write your thoughts.
Make your ideas clear.
Tell the reader what you know
And what you hold most dear.

The Organization Song
(sung to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb")
Writing has a good beginning,
strong conclusion
and builds bridges.
Writing has a good beginning.
The order just makes sense.

The Voice Song
(sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It")
If you're happy and you know it, that's your voice.
If you're happy and you know it, that's your voice.
If you're spunky and you know it,
Then your words will surely show it.
If you're happy and you know it, that's your voice.

,strong>The Word Choice Song
(sung to the tune of "Ring around the Rosie")
Writing with your best words-
Finding lots of new words-
Sparkle! Dazzle!
The words stand out.

The Sentence Fluency Song
(sung to the tune of "Frere Jacques)
Sentence fluency,
Sentence fluency.
The writing flows,
The writing flows.
Sentences are longer.
Sentences are tighter.
It sounds smooth; it sounds right.

The Convention Song
(sung to the tune of "The Hokey Pokey")
You put your periods in,
You pull some spelling out.
You put your capitals in,
And you shake them all about.
You make your paper better
When you edit it just right.
That's what it's all about.

The Presentation Song
(sung to the tune of "Yankee Doodle")
Take a look at what you wrote.
Does it look nice and neat?
Have you done the best you could
So reading is a treat?
Have you written carefully?
Is your writing clear?
Not a cross-out or a smudge
Will you or I find there.

Writing Rubric

4 or more sentences
complete thought
capital letters
ending marks
neatness/picture included

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