E X P L O R I N G Y O U R T O P I C
THE WRITING PROCESS
WHAT IS EXPLORING
• Scenario: You’re given a blank page and a subject
and told to write. You think, “I don’t know what to
...
UNDERSTAND YOUR ASSIGNMENT
• How many words should I write?
• What is the due date/time for the assignment?
• Are there an...
FOUR STEPS OF THE EXPLORATION
PROCESS
• Step 1
• Think about your topic. Decide what to write about.
• Step 2
• Think abou...
TOPICS/SUBJECTS
• What you are writing about
• Narrow the topic to find an area that interests you
• Example:
• Travel > D...
FREEWRITING
• Writing for a limited period of time without stopping
• Purpose: Record first thoughts that come to mind
• “...
BRAINSTORMING
• Create a list of ideas
• Don’t be concerned with spelling, grammar
• Jin’s Brainstorming – p. 9
• Jin’s Fo...
QUESTIONING
• Ask yourself a series of questions and write
resposnes to them
• Help you define and narrow your topic
• Ask...
CLUSTERING
• Drawing a word map
• Ideas are arranged in a visual image
• Write the topic in the middle. Draw lines to conn...
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  • THE WRITER’S WORLD: Paragraphs & Essays, 3rd Edition.
  • Writing Process - Exploring

    1. 1. E X P L O R I N G Y O U R T O P I C THE WRITING PROCESS
    2. 2. WHAT IS EXPLORING • Scenario: You’re given a blank page and a subject and told to write. You think, “I don’t know what to write.” • Exploring helps you think about your subject before writing a paragraph or essay.
    3. 3. UNDERSTAND YOUR ASSIGNMENT • How many words should I write? • What is the due date/time for the assignment? • Are there any special qualities that my writing should include?
    4. 4. FOUR STEPS OF THE EXPLORATION PROCESS • Step 1 • Think about your topic. Decide what to write about. • Step 2 • Think about your audience. Consider your intended readers and what interests them. • Step 3 • Think about your purpose. Ask yourself what you want to write. • Step 4 • Try exploring strategies. Experiment with different ways to generate ideas.
    5. 5. TOPICS/SUBJECTS • What you are writing about • Narrow the topic to find an area that interests you • Example: • Travel > Dangers of Travel • Ask yourself… • What special knowledge do I have about the topic? • What subtopics are most relevant to me? • What aspect of the topic arouses my emotions?
    6. 6. FREEWRITING • Writing for a limited period of time without stopping • Purpose: Record first thoughts that come to mind • “I don’t know what to write.” • Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, etc. • Sandra’s Freewriting – p. 9 • Sandra’s Focused Writing – p. 9
    7. 7. BRAINSTORMING • Create a list of ideas • Don’t be concerned with spelling, grammar • Jin’s Brainstorming – p. 9 • Jin’s Focused Brainstorming – p. 10
    8. 8. QUESTIONING • Ask yourself a series of questions and write resposnes to them • Help you define and narrow your topic • Ask: who, what, when, where, why, how? • Clayton’s Questioning – p. 10
    9. 9. CLUSTERING • Drawing a word map • Ideas are arranged in a visual image • Write the topic in the middle. Draw lines to connect ideas to the main topic. • Mahan’s Clustering – p. 11 • Mahan’s Focused Clustering – p. 11

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