Pre-writing techniques<br />ENGL 015– Penn State Abington – Fall 2011<br />
Writing works the same way. Preparation is the key to good writing.<br />Would you jump into an empty pool?<br />
<ul><li>Get the ideas rolling
Focus your thinking
Organize your ideas</li></ul>Pre-writing Techniques<br />
Brainstorming<br />Let it ALL out! Don’t restrict yourself on this step. <br />Sketch, write, talk out loud – whatever get...
Various ways of writing out your ideas including freewriting, journaling and lists.<br />Written organizers<br />
Freewriting<br />Specified time period.<br />Don’t worry about grammar/spelling. Just write!<br />Don’t stop until time is...
Lists<br />Write down characteristics of your topic.<br />Look for commonalities.<br />Pros/Cons, Causes/Effects<br />
Journaling<br />Keep a notebook and write every day OR<br />Collect “snippets” – photos, articles, notes, etc.<br />Look f...
Visual depictions of your ideas including Mind Maps/clustering, fishbone maps and other charts.<br />Graphic Organizers<br />
Fishbone<br />Fill in what you know to start – add info as you develop your ideas.<br />
Mind Maps<br />Details<br />Main Idea<br />Reviewing Science & Chemical Formulas, Source: Revise GCSE Science Single Award...
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  1. 1. Pre-writing techniques<br />ENGL 015– Penn State Abington – Fall 2011<br />
  2. 2. Writing works the same way. Preparation is the key to good writing.<br />Would you jump into an empty pool?<br />
  3. 3. <ul><li>Get the ideas rolling
  4. 4. Focus your thinking
  5. 5. Organize your ideas</li></ul>Pre-writing Techniques<br />
  6. 6. Brainstorming<br />Let it ALL out! Don’t restrict yourself on this step. <br />Sketch, write, talk out loud – whatever gets you thinking<br />
  7. 7. Various ways of writing out your ideas including freewriting, journaling and lists.<br />Written organizers<br />
  8. 8. Freewriting<br />Specified time period.<br />Don’t worry about grammar/spelling. Just write!<br />Don’t stop until time is up.<br />
  9. 9. Lists<br />Write down characteristics of your topic.<br />Look for commonalities.<br />Pros/Cons, Causes/Effects<br />
  10. 10. Journaling<br />Keep a notebook and write every day OR<br />Collect “snippets” – photos, articles, notes, etc.<br />Look for inspiration in your collection<br />Look for common threads<br />
  11. 11. Visual depictions of your ideas including Mind Maps/clustering, fishbone maps and other charts.<br />Graphic Organizers<br />
  12. 12. Fishbone<br />Fill in what you know to start – add info as you develop your ideas.<br />
  13. 13. Mind Maps<br />Details<br />Main Idea<br />Reviewing Science & Chemical Formulas, Source: Revise GCSE Science Single Award by Eileen Ramsden, David Applin with Tony Buzan, Mind Map by: Patrick Mayfield <br />
  14. 14. Ven Diagrams<br />Ven Diagrams are useful to determine where two ideas cross-over. For instance, you might use a Ven Diagram to think about relationships in a Compare/Contrast essay.<br />www.brighthub.com/.../k-12/articles/42282.aspx<br />
  15. 15. Most importantly…use what works for you!<br />Prewriting = Preparation = Better Essays<br />
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