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.
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,
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,
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:
A C B
This is the step in the Writing Process
where we write down our story for the
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 - ChangeRead – 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 Verbs
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
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,
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 3rd
help make us better
ABC’s of the Writing Process - A.E.
Lipkewich and R. Mazurenko, 1999
6+1 Traits of Writing – Ruth Culham, 2003
Teaching the Qualities of Writing by Ralph
Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi, Firsthand
Writer’s Notebook Launch – Sandra Biondo,