- > Peer Editing
- > Six-Trait Rating Guide
- > Trait #1 - Ideas and Content
- > Trait #2 - Organization
- > Trait #3 - Voice
- > Trait #4 - Word Choice
- > Trait #5 - Sentence Fluency
- > Trait #6 - Conventions
- > Evaluating Websites
- > Study Online
- > Grammar Clinic
- > Avoiding Plagiarism
- > Test Anxiety
- > Helpful Websites
- > Resources
- > Directory
Trait #6 - Conventions
- The writer demonstrates a solid grasp of standard writing conventions (e.g. grammar, capitalization, punctuation, usage, spelling, paragraphing) and uses them effectively to enhance readability.
- Paragraphing tends to be sound and reinforces the organizational structure.
- Grammar and usage are correct and contribute to clarity and style.
- Punctuation is smooth and guides the reader through the text.
- Spelling is correct, even on more difficult words.
- Work needs only light editing.
- The writer shows reasonable control over a limited range of standard writing conventions. The paper would require moderate editing prior to being a final work. Errors are serious and distracting, but the writer also handles some conventions as well.
- Spelling is usually correct on common words.
- Terminal punctuation is almost always correct; internal punctuation (commas,apostrophes, semicolons) may be incorrect or missing.
- Problems with grammar occur, but they do not distort meaning.
- Paragraphing is attempted. Paragraphs sometimes run together or begin in the wrong places.
- The paper seems to reflect light, but not extensive or thorough editing.
- Errors in spelling, punctuation, usage, grammar, capitalization, and/or paragraphing repeatedly distract the reader and make the text difficult to read. More than one of the following problems is likely to be evident:
- The reader must read once to decode, then again for meaning.
- Spelling errors are frequent, even on common words.
- Punctuation (including terminal punctuation) is often missing or incorrect.
- Paragraphing is missing, or so frequent that it does not relate to the organization of the text.
- Errors in grammar and usage are very noticable, and may affect the meaning.
- Extensive editing would be required to polish the text.