Word choice (variety, vivid or colorful description, precision and accuracy)
Avoidance of wordiness and redundancy
Clarity (no ambiguous, stilted, or artificial language)
Special usage problems such as suspended hyphens; words versus numerals; double negatives; number and noun modifier; compound noun modifiers (adjective-noun and noun-noun); subject-verb agreement with intervening phrases and clauses; and agreement in subjunctive mood
Introductory adverb clauses
Structural variety and sentence complexity (verbal phrases, noun clauses)
Appropriate subordination and placement of modifiers
Parallelism of all types
SIX TRAITS WRITING ASSESSMENT CONVENTIONS
5 Paper – Mostly Correct
There are very few errors in my paper; it wouldn’t take long to get this ready to publish.
I have used capitals correctly.
Periods, commas, exclamation marks, and quotation marks are in the right places.
My spelling is accurate.
Every paragraph is indented to show where a new idea begins.
My grammar/usage is consistent and shows control.
3 Paper – About Halfway Home
A number of bothersome mistakes in my paper need to be cleaned up before I am ready to publish.
Spelling is correct on simple words. It may not always be right on the harder words.