Writing — The Power of the Written Word

Putting pen to paper is a profoundly valuable and transformative act.

In a world inundated with digital communication, the tangible connection established through the physical act of writing is unparalleled. The tactile sensation of the pen gliding across paper creates a unique kinaesthetic experience, fostering a deeper connection between the writer and their thoughts. This process engages multiple senses, making the act of expression more immersive and memorable.

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Furthermore, the deliberate pace of handwriting encourages contemplation  and  mindfulness, allowing for   a more thoughtful and intentional exploration of ideas. Beyond its cognitive benefits, the act of putting pen to paper often serves as a therapeutic outlet, providing a space for emotional release and self-discovery.

Whether in the form of journaling, storytelling, or note-taking, this elemental act not only captures fleeting thoughts but also solidifies them into a tangible manifestation of one’s inner world.

In essence, putting pen to paper transcends the utilitarian function of mere transcription; it becomes a personal, enriching experience that has the power to unlock creativity, deepen reflection, and forge a lasting connection with our thoughts and emotions.

At NumberWorks’nWords, we concentrate on enabling our students to write using the Six Traits of Writing, ensuring that their ability to communicate using the written word is in keeping with the educational requirements of the Australian National Curriculum. Below is a brief summary of these traits.

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1.      Ideas

  • Focuses on the content and main message of the writing
  • Emphasises well-developed ideas, relevant details, and a clear theme.

2.      Organization

  • Deals with the internal structure of the writing.
  • Addresses the arrangement of ideas, transitions, and overall flow.

3.      Voice

  • Concerns the tone and personality of the writing.
  • Aims to capture the author’s unique voice to make the writing distinct.

4.      Word Choice

  • Involves the careful selection of words for precision, vivid imagery, and appropriateness.

5.      Sentence Fluency

  • Focuses on the rhythm and flow of language, including sentence structure and length.

6.      Conventions

  • Encompasses proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, and other language conventions.
  • Ensures clarity, understandability, and adherence to standard language rules.

These traits collectively provide a comprehensive framework for assessing and improving writing skills, guiding writers in creating well-rounded and effective pieces of writing.

Published 25-November-2023