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    Prewriting, brainstorming, and outlining Prewriting, brainstorming, and outlining Presentation Transcript

    • Feedback on the UCLA Library Trip
      • On a notecard, please answer the following questions:
        • What was the most successful part of the trip yesterday to UCLA? What, if anything, was a pleasant surprise or discovery?
        • What could have made the trip more successful? What was frustrating?
    • Prewriting, Brainstorming, and Outlining beginning to make sense of the chaos of your research
    • Quiz: What works best for you?
      • "Before I start writing a paper, I like to..."
      • a. "... ask a lot of questions to myself about my topic."
      • b. "... just get started by freewriting whatever comes to mind."
      • c. "... start with big ideas and categories ."
      • d. "... create visual brainstorms or mindmaps ."
      and for the live poll:  http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/NzkwNTk3NTgx
    • Today You Have Options* *The following options are partially inspired by "Pre-writing techniques" from Simpson College,  http://www.simpson.edu/hawley/writing/prewriting.html
    • If you answered "a": The Questioner
      • a. "... I like to ask a lot of  questions  to myself about my topic."
      Image: Oberazzi on Flickr CC
    • The Questioner:
      • Consider asking yourself questions to help you get thinking about organizing your research. Here are a few ideas:
        • What have I learned about my topic so far? What's most compelling?
        • What am I arguing?
        • How will I prove what I'm arguing? What evidence is most convincing?
        • What are possible counter-arguments?
        • How will I make my reader care?
      • Now that you have your questions, start to answer them.
      • Want more ideas? Go to the Purdue Online Writing Lab for Prewriting Ideas.
    • If you answered "b": The Free Spirit
      • b. "... I like to just get started by  freewriting  whatever comes to mind."
      Image: jjpacres on Flickr CC
    • The Free Spirit
      • Free your mind! Rules of freewriting:
        • There are no rules.
        • Don't judge your ideas or grammar--just write.
        • Try to write for as long as possible without stopping, ideally 10-15 minutes.
        • If you are lost, write for a while about whatever comes to mind ("open" freewrite) and then choose a specific idea from there to begin a "focused" freewrite.
      • After you finish, reread and consider moving to a visual map or rough outline of your ideas.
    • If you answered "c": The Big Idea Person
      • c. "... I like to start with  big ideas and categories ."
      Image: bendeming on Flickr CC
    • The Big Idea Person
      • First, state your topic and thesis. 
      • Next create a rough outline. Consider the following:
        • What are the main sections of your argument?
        • Within each section, what are the subsections or subpoints?
        • What evidence will you use to support each section and subsection?
      •  
      • Once you have your big ideas in outline form, go back to your notes and decide how to fit in specific evidence and ideas.
    • If you answered "d": The Visual Thinker
      • d. "... I like to create  visual brainstorms or mindmaps ."
      Image: Austin Kleon on Flickr CC
    • The Visual Thinker
      • You might consider the following:
        • Draw pictures to represent your ideas.
        • Circle, underline, color code, or use symbols to show the hierarchy of your ideas.
        • If you want, use an online mindmapping tool like Mindomo . 
      •  
      • Want to see a Mindomo example? See my very lame example here , based on what I actually wrote about for a history paper in high school about documentary photography during the Depression.
      First, put your topic or thesis in the center of the page. 
    • List of Prewriting Resources
      • "Pre-writing techniques" from Simpson College,  http://www.simpson.edu/hawley/writing/prewriting.html
      • "Why and How to Outline" by Elyssa Tardiff and Allen Brizee, Purdue Online Writing Lab,  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/544/02/
      • Mindomo online mindmapping software,  http://www.mindomo.com/ , (first 3 maps free)
    • Questions? Contact me. sclark [at] windwardschool.org