Chapter 06

For each term below, first note how you would define the term. Then, click on the arrow to reveal the book’s definition.

6+1 Trait Writing

The important aspects of writing, including ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation.


Tools of writing, including grammar, spelling, paragraphing, capitalization, punctuation, and all the mechanics of the language that are often corrected in the editing process.

Dialogue Journal

Journals that provide a means of two-way written communication between learners and their teachers, in which learners share their thoughts with teachers (including personal comments and descriptions of life experiences), and the teachers, in turn, write reactions to the learners’ messages. Also called interactive journals.

Literacy Scaffold

A temporary writing structure.

Peer Revising

A process in which a writer has a peer provide constructive feedback to ensure that a piece communicates its intent effectively; the writer may in turn act as peer editor for the other student. Feedback may follow the PQP (praise, question, polish) format.

Quick Write

An activity in which students rapidly write down ideas about a topic.

Response Guide

A set of suggestions designed to help peer editors provide helpful feedback to student writers.


A support mechanism by which students are able to accomplish more difficult tasks than they could without assistance.

Sentence Fluency

The careful crafting of sentences so that paragraphs flow smoothly and effortlessly.


The writer’s personality emerging through words.

Word Choice

The element of writing that involves using fresh and colorful language to make certain passages memorable and worthy of reading aloud.