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Writing Workshop PPT

  1. 1. The Writing Process Prewriting Rough Draft Revision Editing and Proofreading Final Draft Publishing
  2. 2. Did you know that… … we think at a speed of  Our hands will never be about 365 words per able to keep up with the minute? pace of our thoughts. …we speak at a speed of about 125 words per  As we compose, our minute? thoughts keep looping …we handwrite at a speed back to what our hand of about 30 words per is writing. minute?
  3. 3. Prewriting  Where do ideas come from?  Listing  Free writing  Speedwriting  Mapping/Webbing  Clustering  Outlining  False Starts
  4. 4. Prewriting Source of Riches  A listing activity (hand out) 1. List people or animals from a category in the first group. 2. List places from a category in the second group. 3. List stories from a category in the third group. 4. Select one item from your three lists. 5. Write a secondary list about the single item you selected.
  5. 5. Did you know…  …that it is nearly impossible to have a thought without words? Try it.  Before long, words will come crowding back into your brain.  Our inner voice talks to us continually – even in our dreams – from about the age of two until death.
  6. 6. Prewriting  A clustering activity (hand out) 1. Write “English” in the center of a blank sheet of paper. 2. Draw a circle around the word. 3. Then, rapidly, and in Spanish, jot the words and phrases that come to mind around this nucleus word. 4. Do this quickly without thought or analysis. 5. Return to the nucleus word “English” as often as you like to begin a new train of thought. 6. When you “feel” done (1-4 minutes). Stop. Look at your cluster. Circle the words and phrases. Connect ideas with lines wherever you see a connection of ideas. 7. Write a focusing sentence about something in your cluster. 8. Write “Being Lost” in the center of a blank sheet of paper. Repeat steps 2-10.
  7. 7. Clusters are chaotic. 1. Do not worry if your words make little sense. 2. Do not worry if your thoughts stray into unrelated topics. 3. Do not worry if your cluster is messy.
  8. 8. Drafting Writing Tools  What kind of pen?  What kind of pencil?  Keyboard?  Desk?  Chair?  Couch or bed?  Music or silence?  Food?
  9. 9. Composing  Use your prewriting exercises to help you decide what to write about.  Perhaps something from your childhood?  Write for ____________ minutes.  Try to ignore others near you and focus your thoughts on what you want to say.  You will share your writing with two to four other people.
  10. 10. Small Groups  Four students of mixed gender is ideal.  It is best if they are not close friends.  Rules of respect for writers must be established.  Insist upon active listening.  Allow for natural roles of leadership, reporting, note- taking, time keeping to be assigned within the group.
  11. 11. Small Groups (hand out)  The youngest person reads his or her draft first – slowly and clearly.  Listeners summarize for the author.  Listeners remark on what they liked best and ask the author questions.
  12. 12. Debriefing  Time to make sense of what we have done  Use debriefing questions (hand out)  Individual reports  Small group reports  Feelings  Current goals in the process (hand out)  Volunteer sharing
  13. 13. How will this work in my class? How can you apply what we have learned to writing in your English language class?
  14. 14. Assessing Student Workshops  Observations (hand out)  Group evaluations (hand out)  Individual evaluations (hand out)
  15. 15. Publishing  Putting student writing into the world  Submit to a magazine  Read aloud to a group  Post on the wall  Submit to a website  Enter a contest  Publish a class or school anthology
  16. 16. Writing is… …easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.” - Gene Fowler

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