6-Trait Checklist for Trustworthiness Research Paper
(Compare your writing to this checklist to earn your best score.)
Ideas/Content (you should have all of these questions answered)
___What is trust?
___What does it mean to be “trustworthy”?
___What are the four main principles that represent the characteristics of a trustworthy
___ Explain each of these four principles.
___ Reader can probably learn something new from reading this.
___ Strong, interesting lead that gets the reader’s attention at the beginning of the
___ Ideas flow smoothly from one sentence to the next.
___ Sentences build on each other.
___ Ideas are placed into paragraphs where they belong.
___ There is a conclusion at the end that lets the reader know the paper is over
without using the words “the end”.
___ At least two of the four types of sentences (explanatory, interrogative,
imperative, declarative) are used in the piece.
___All sentences do not begin the same way.
___ The same words are not used over and over.
___ Includes both short and long sentences/paragraphs.
___ Sounds “right” when the reader reads it aloud.
___ Transition words are used to move from sentence to sentence and paragraph
to paragraph as appropriate..
___ Best words are chosen for the piece.
___ Uses other ways to say “good”, “bad”, “nice”, “funny”, “happy”, “sad”,
“mean” and other common adjectives.
___ Powerful verbs are used.
___ Some words used in the piece stay in the reader’s mind after reading.
___Uses words the writer would use in speaking
___ Reader can tell that the writer cares about trustworthiness.
___ Capitals letters are used appropriately.
___ All punctuation marks are where they should be.
___ Words are spelled correctly.
___ Paragraphs are indented.