The Writing Process Morgan Koblitz
The first step in a positive writing experience is getting students their own writing notebook. The notebook is a great way for students to write down topics they may want to write about as well as ideas. To keep organized, the notebook is split in to sections of each of the steps of writing. The writer's notebook is a great way to teach students organization and allows students to look back on their writing!
Step 1: Pre-Writing
Prewriting gives students an opportunity to make choices about their writing! This step allows students with freedom and no right or wrong answers. Student can write down topics, ideas, draw pictures, or concept maps to organize their thoughts and begin thinking about what they are going to write. While this part of writing gives students choices, it is also a very important step and should be taken seriously!
Step 2: Drafting
Once a topic has be picked, it is time to begin drafting their writing. This step in the writing process may be difficult, but it is important to remind students their draft is not set in stone and can be changed! Drafting allows students to take their thoughts in their head and express them on paper. During this step, the teacher reminds students to go with their thoughts and go with the flow!
Step 3: Sharing
During this step, the writer gets to work with their peers to share their thoughts and ideas, while gaining feedback on ways to improve! This stage can be intimidating to students when they have to share their writing with others, but students are reminded that no one's work is perfect at this stage and there's always room for improvement! This phase allows students to gain helpful feedback and find ways to improve their writing!
Step 4: Revising
At this stage, students get to revisit their work and make changes to improve their writing. During this stage, students refer to feedback from their peers and find ways to make changes to their work. During this stage, students may cut from their writing, move pieces in their writing, adding things, as well as leaving something alone. This phase can be difficult for students to know how to make these changes. Students can always ask their teacher for input during this stage to make improvements!
Step 5: Editing
Now that the students have organized their parents and revised their writing, its time to start looking for writing errors. In the editing stage, students are checking their writing for spelling mistakes, punctation errors, and grammar. During this time, students are encouraged to use dictionaries and refer to adults for help!