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Pre writing strategies

  1. 1. Pre-Writing Strategies<br />By: Elizabeth Foster<br />EDU 290<br />Class time: Monday and Wednesday 2:00<br />
  2. 2. What is Pre-Writing?<br />Preparatory work for a piece of writing<br />It is an idea formulation<br />Research<br />Used as an outline<br />
  3. 3. The Goal of Pre-Writing<br />First step in writing process<br />Calms down nerves<br />Don’t panic about the topic of the paper<br />To get ideas of what to write about<br />
  4. 4. Getting Started<br />Carefully think about the topic<br />Think about what the purpose of the paper is<br />How can you achieve that purpose<br />Start thinking of topics and ideas<br />
  5. 5. Types of Pre-Writing<br />Brainstorming<br />Clustering<br />Free Writing<br />Looping<br />Asking the six journalists’ questions<br />(Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?)<br />
  6. 6. Brainstorming<br />Also called “listing”<br />Grouping items that relate to the topic<br />Jacob Botter, Brainstorms, October 5, 2005 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution<br />
  7. 7. Clustering<br />Allows you to relate ideas together<br />Also called “Mind mapping”<br />Alan Cleaver, March 24 2010 via Canon EOS 400D Digital, Creative Commons Attribution<br />
  8. 8. Steps for Clustering<br />Put topic in the center of the page<br />When you have ideas, branch them off the topic<br />Add to those ideas the same way<br />In the end there will be clusters all over the page.<br />
  9. 9. Free-writing<br />A process of writing for a certain amount of time<br />Focus on a specific topic<br />Time for 5-10 minutes<br />Force yourself to continue writing<br />
  10. 10. Free-writing continued…<br />When finished, look over the paper<br />Pick out the most interesting idea<br />Then begin over again with related ideas<br />
  11. 11. Looping<br />A type of free writing<br />Don’t edit what is written<br />Do it for 5-10 minutes<br />Felix Trinh, July 19, 2008 via Canon Digital IXUS 80 IS, Creative Commons Attribution<br />
  12. 12. Looping Continued…<br />After the time is up, circle the best ideas, sentences, and phrases<br />Have your classmates circle ideas on your paper also<br />Then write again for 5-10 minutes<br />Continue for 4 or 5 times<br />
  13. 13. The Journalists’ Questions<br />Who?<br />What?<br />Where?<br />When?<br />Why?<br />How?<br />Mai Le, April 20, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution<br />
  14. 14. The Journalists’ Questions continued…<br />Who?-Who are you talking about?<br />What?-What is the topic? What are the issues?<br />Where? Where does it take place?<br />
  15. 15. The Journalists’ Questions Continued…<br />When?-When did the topic take place?<br />Why?-Why is the topic an issue?<br />How?-How is the topic significant?<br />
  16. 16. The End!<br />For more information:<br />"Prewriting Strategies." KU Writing Center. Web. 26 Feb. 2011. <http://www.writing.ku.edu/~writing/guides/pre writing.shtml>.<br />Brizee, Allen. "Purdue OWL: Prewriting (Invention)." Welcome to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL). Web. 26 Feb. 2011. <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/67 3/01/>.<br />

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