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Freewriting<br />What is freewriting?<br />Writing on a specific subject for 5 or 10 minutes<br />What is the purpose of freewriting?<br />To explore your thoughts and ideas on a topic before writing.<br />How to Freewrite:<br />Write whatever comes into your head about the subject. Keep writing even if you get stuck.<br />Don’t worry about errors in grammar, spelling, or punctuation.<br />Focus on getting your thoughts on paper.<br />
Example, p. 19<br />Let’s look at the first freewrite the writer of the “My Job in an Apple Plant” did.<br />
Title: Freewriting Your Name: ____________<br />Topic: No topic! Write whatever is on your mind for 5 minutes without stopping.<br />If you run out of things to say, just write “I am looking for something to say” until the next idea comes.<br />Don’t worry about making mistakes or the the way the ideas are arranged (this is “free” writing!).<br />Keep your pen moving.<br />Write until the time is up!<br />
Title: Freewriting Your Name: ____________<br />Topic: Autumn<br />If you run out of things to say, just write “I am looking for something to say” until the next idea comes.<br />Don’t worry about making mistakes or the the way the ideas are arranged (this is “free” writing!).<br />Keep your pen moving.<br />Write until the time is up!<br />
The Writing Process<br />Most good writers do not write a composition in one try.<br />Most writers use a writing process, a series of steps to move from their first ideas to a focused, well-supported, clear, and correct composition. <br />There is not one “right way” for everyone.<br />We will use the basic writing process in the text to improve our writing.<br />
The Writing Process<br />Prewriting<br />Drafting<br />Revising<br />Editing<br />Look at the back of the first page in the book: “The STEPS in the Writing Process.”<br />For more information, see “Chapter 2 The Writing Process.”<br />
Prewriting, p. 19<br />Today we’re going to focus on prewriting. <br />We will study the other steps of the writing process (drafting, revising, and editing) as we work on paragraphs and essays. <br />
Pre-Writing, p. 18<br />Freewriting<br />Questioning<br />Making a List (Brainstorming)<br />Clustering<br />Scratch Outline<br />Detailed Outline<br />Talk to your neighbour or another classmate about which of these activities you have done before.<br />
Pre-Writing, p. 18<br />Some of these help you generate ideas, some help you organize your ideas, and some do both.<br />
In-class Activity<br />TOPIC: the best or worst vacation<br />Do some prewriting on this topic. Use at least one (1) of the prewriting techniques we’ve just looked at.<br />Do NOT write a paragraph!!<br />
Substantive Assignment<br />New students need to complete this assignment today.<br />A few of you who did it last time just need to do a little more work.<br />
Introduction to Class Website<br />Follow the instructions on the handout<br />Help each other<br />
Homework<br />Do the review work on the website:<br />Parts of Speech review<br />Sentence Type review<br />Please complete so you are prepared for Monday’s class (there could be a short quiz!).<br />
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