As a good writer, you want to make sure that everything you write is well organized, full of great detail and ideas, that your personal voice is heard and that you have great spelling and punctuation. (Culham, 2003)
Good writers use the Writing Process to make sure that all of those things show up in everything they write.
( Lipkewich , 1999)
With the Writing Process, you will go through the following steps every time you write:
This presentation will teach you about each of these very important steps. ( Lipkewich, 1999)
This part of the Writing Process is done before you start telling your story.
To write a great story, first you have to come up with a great “ Seed ” idea (an idea that we need to nurture to make it grow into a story) and start to organize how you write about that idea. (Biondo, 2002)
In our class, we do several activities to help us come up with a “ Seed ” idea. (Biondo, 2002)
Dig Up Buried Stories
Make an Authority List
Create a Memory Box
Read Informational Text and Respond
Decide What’s Interesting to Us
Once we choose our topic, we begin to plan out what we want to include in our story and how we want to organize our writing.
This step is very important because it helps us think about the things we want to say before we write it all out. (Fletcher, 2004)
To organize our thoughts before we write, we can use graphic organizers. (Fletcher, 2004)
Here are a few we’ll talk about and use in class:
Beginning Middle End A C B
This is the step in the Writing Process where we write down our story for the first time.
It doesn’t have to be perfect this time, so we call this our “ Sloppy Copy ”. We will use other parts of the writing process to fix any mistakes and make our writing sound better.
When we begin to write our stories we make sure we include all of the following things.
Five Finger Detail (Biondo, 2002)
Important Things we talk about in class.
This is your chance to make your “ Sloppy Copy ” sound better.
To revise we re-read the story (by yourself or with a partner), think about what you’re reading and make changes. (Biondo, 2002)
Read – Think - Change
During this part of the Writing Process, we use a Revising checklist to make sure we’ve really checked to make sure our writing sounds great! (Biondo, 2002)
R - Remove
M – Move
S – Substitute
Show, Don’t Tell
Using Precise Nouns and Exciting Ve rbs
In this step of the Writing Process, we make sure that our writing looks perfect.
By yourself or with a partner, you re-read your story and look for any mistakes you’ve made in spelling, capitalization, punctuation or words you’ve used. (Fletcher, 2004)
The schol bus was runing lat.
When we edit our story, we remember the acronym “ CUPS ” (Biondo, 2002)
“ CUPS ” stands for:
C – Capitalization (Capital letters at the beginning of sentences and on names)
U – Usage (Make sure you use the right words and the correct homophones)
P – Punctuation (Use the correct punctuation marks in your sentences (. , ! ? “”))
S – Spelling (Use your spelling dictionary to make sure your words a spelled correctly.)
Now that you have worked so hard on nuturing your “ Seed ” idea and helping it grow into a story, it’s time to Publish.
When we publish, we make sure to use our best handwriting, include any changes we’ve made and present our writing in a way that others will really want to read. (Biondo, 2002)
Here are some ideas for how to Publish your story. (Fletcher, 2004)
Type your story.
Use an ink pen.
Draw a cover with the Title of your story and your name.
Using the Writing Process this year in 3 rd grade will help make us better writers!
ABC’s of the Writing Process - A.E. Lipkewich and R. Mazurenko, 1999 http://www.angelfire.com/wi/writingprocess/
6+1 Traits of Writing – Ruth Culham, 2003
Teaching the Qualities of Writing by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi, Firsthand Publishing, 2004