Re-examining the Writing Process

Sharing Editing Revising Drafting Pre-writing
With each step, writing becomes more focused. A writer must think about each step it is very important to focus on one step at a time. This will result in writing that is well planned and is interesting to read.

The information on this slide and following five slides is adapted from Siedow et. al Whole Language Strategies: a Manual for Adult Literacy Tutors, 1994.

Pre-writing
‡ Discuss or think about the topic / question. ‡ Create visual plan ± an outline, a web, a story map. ‡ Choose how you want to write± poem, essay, story. ‡ Who will read your writing?

Drafting
‡ Get ideas down on paper.
± Keywords ± Write down ideas ± Start>Middle>Ending ± Don¶t worry about being neat or correct.

‡ Use guides: webs, maps, lists, outlines, etc.

‡ Concentrate on what is good. ‡ Work on one paragraph at a time. ‡ Revise for content and organization.
± Can you understand the message of the writing? ± Add, delete or substitute text.

Revising

‡ Don¶t edit! Think about content ± not grammar.

Editing

‡ Don¶t work on everything at once.
± Begin with CAPITALISATION and punctuation. ± Introduce elements of grammar individually. ± Focus on accuracy

‡ Work on one paragraph at a time. ‡ Don¶t make spelling an issue.

Sharing
‡ Publish!
± Put a final copy in a student portfolio ± Put it on the wall in the classroom ± Put it on the Internet ± make a blog or webpage

‡ Present!
± Read your writing to the class ± Share with other learners in a discussion group ± Give it to your partner and let them read it. Did they like it?

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