Six Traits of Writing - Voice

Six Traits of Writing - Voice


Clarify That Voice is a Choice

Teachers often approach the trait of voice with a little apprehension. Although some students write with voice naturally, all students can be taught how to include it in their own writing.

To start, remember that voice is not limited to the writer's personality. A student may be very funny and sarcastic and still be able to write with sincerity or authority. When explaining to students how to choose voice before writing, consider two main factors.


First, writers must determine the attitude they have towards the topic they're writing about. They can shift their attitudes based on how they feel about their subject matter. Voice is a choice.


In addition to how a writer feels about a topic, he must also consider his audience. Some topics might bring out a sarcastic or negative attitude, but if the audience is the principal, then the writer must utilize a more respectful tone. Secondary writing often requires a formal tone, which means the writer must shift his attitude and expression to fit the audience involved.

Together, attitude about the topic and awareness of the audience determine the writer's voice.

Online Workshop

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Whether you need to learn about the Six Traits in a hurry or want a “refresher” to get back on track, this online workshop led by Kristina Smekens will provide you with the confidence and resources you need to begin implementing the Six Traits model.

Topics covered:

  • Answers to the questions “What are the Six Traits?” & “Where did they come from?”
  • Explanation of how to recognize the Six Traits in pictorial writing (K-1), intermediate writing (grades 2-5), and secondary writing (grades 6-12).
  • How the Six Traits unify your instruction of state and national standards and the expectations of state/national writing assessments.
  • Ways to introduce the trait language to students of all ages.
  • Numerous trait-based mini-lesson ideas to target common writing weaknesses.

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  • 5+ hours of dynamic workshop content
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