Mrs. Kristi Hartley 8th Grade English



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  • The Writing Process

What are the steps?

Step 1: PreWriting

  • Find your Inspiration!
  • Determine your most useful form to PreWrite (lists, mapping, webbing, graphic organizers, etc.)
  • Steps

Two Great Ways to Start…

  • Create a bubble chart – try to answer the important questions:
  • WHO? WHAT? WHERE? WHEN? WHY? HOW?
  • Just start writing! Pretend you’re talking to someone you know, and write everything that you can for five minutes.
  • Allow your thoughts to flow! You will be surprised at how many good thoughts you will be able to sift from a burst of ‘scramble writing’.
  • ALL writing can be edited, smoothed out, etc. But first, we need to write!!

Use a bubble chart that works for you. The pattern doesn’t matter. The ideas you link together matter.

  • March 23, 2007
  • Kristi Hartley
  • Taylor County Middle School

Step 2: Writing

  • Select your writing ideas from your PreWriting Exercise.
  • Write, Write, Write!
  • Have you completed your thoughts through your writing?
  • March 23, 2007
  • Kristi Hartley
  • Taylor County Middle School
  • Steps

AGAIN, don’t worry too much about the ‘tiny’ details like spelling, grammar, and ‘Does This Make Sense?’.

  • AGAIN, don’t worry too much about the ‘tiny’ details like spelling, grammar, and ‘Does This Make Sense?’.
  • Focus on getting COMPLETE sentences down on paper.
  • You will return to the document and make the necessary changes later. It’s more important to get your ideas down in sentence form. You can (SHOULD) modify the document later.
  • ####### Editing Example ########
  • I want to talk to you about skool violense. It s a big problem at my skool.
  • CHANGE the example to: School violence is a big problem on my campus.
  • Notice that the IDEA is the same. All I did was change it from two sentences to one, and I corrected the spelling.

What’s the difference between EDITING & REVISING?

  • Editing is what we should do first.
  • Editing is all about spelling, grammar, and sentence construction.
  • Read your work aloud (whisper if you must). It helps find the grammar problems.
  • Revising is what should come last, before publishing.
  • Revising is about deciding which sentences to keep, which to change, and how to structure your paragraphs so that the sentences ‘flow’ together in a meaningful way.
  • For example: Sometimes we don’t start our paragraphs with the main idea. When we revise, we should make sure that every sentence has a strong topic sentence to build on!

Step 3: Editing

  • Self Editing
  • Peer Editing
  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Grammar
  • Sentence Structure
  • Subject/Verb Agreement
  • Word Usage
  • Kristi Hartley
  • Taylor County Middle School

Step 4: Revising

  • A.R.R.R.
    • Adding
    • Rearranging
    • Removing
    • Replacing
  • Adding: Is there any other information that the reader needs to know?
  • Rearranging: Is the information presented in the most logical order?
  • Removing: Are there any unnecessary details?
  • Replacing: Could I change anything to make my expressions stronger?
  • Kristi Hartley
  • Taylor County Middle School

Step 5: Publishing

  • Blue or black ink or word processor.
  • Center title on top line with a line space that follows.
  • Name, class, and date in top right hand corner.
  • Double spaced
  • Neat- no scribbles or overuse of liquid paper.
  • Staple in top left hand corner.
  • Remember that the final product is a quiz grade. DO YOUR BEST.

Mediography

  • Kristi Hartley
  • Taylor County Middle School
  • Burmark, L. (2002). Visual literacy learn to see, see to learn. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
  • Boy Raising Hand (1991-2003) AppleWorks 6.2.9 [Computer ClipArt]. Apple Computer, Inc.
  • Computer (1991-2003) AppleWorks 6.2.9 [Computer ClipArt]. Apple Computer, Inc.
  • Girl in Thought (1991-2003) AppleWorks 6.2.9 [Computer ClipArt]. Apple Computer, Inc.
  • Student Writing at Desk (1991-2003) AppleWorks 6.2.9 [Computer ClipArt]. Apple Computer, Inc.


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