Learning the Writing Process

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Learning the Writing
Process
Five Steps From an Idea to a
Polished Essay or Story!
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Your Students' Essay or Story
Should go Through Five Stages
1. Pre-writing (or Planning)
2. Drafting
3. Revising & Editing
4. Rewriting
5. Publishing
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Stage One: Pre-writing (or Planning)
What students like most about this important
initial step is skipping it!
However, it is crucial that they see the
importance of planning, the benefits to quality
and clarity it brings. This step must become a
given, a habit -- like removing the cap before
squeezing the toothpaste.
No Skipping, No Skimming!
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Ways to Initiate Pre-Writing
and Encourage Planning
•brainstorming
•mind mapping
•making an outline
•using writing prompts
•filling character sheets
All of these methods can help students
find ideas and start developing details.
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Stage Two: Writing a First Draft
What students work on at this stage:
1. their introductory paragraph
2. their development paragraphs
3. their concluding paragraph
Although this is a "rough draft," it should still be a
complete version of the student's essay or story.
Like a precious stone just dug up, it is not polished
at this point.
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Stage Three: Revising and Editing
Things to look for and improve may include
1. strong word choice and vivid detail
2. punctuation and spelling
3. correct grammar
Students should expect to edit two or three times as they
make their writing the best it can be.
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Stage Four: Rewrite
This stage may be obsolete if students did
their editing on a word processor that
keeps track of changes.
Otherwise, they will need to rewrite and
make a new copy.
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Stage Five: Publish
Students love this stage. To make their writing
known to others, they might:
1. give people copies
2. put it on a blog
3. send it as a letter to the editor of a
publication
This is when students come to appreciate all of
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