THE WRITING PROCESSThe writing process is made up of fivestages:prewritingdraftingrevisingproofreadingpublishing
BEFORE WRITING: DETERMINE PURPOSESFOR WRITING AND IDENTIFY AUDIENCE.Determining Purpose Identifying AudienceThe purposes are asfollows:to entertainto persuadeto informto explainKnowing readershelps reflect ideas ina way that theaudience clearlyunderstands andenjoys what is beingread.
STAGE ONE: PREWRITINGPrewriting means gathering information about asubject. It usually takes three forms: Interviewing Researching Recording What Is Already Known:ListingDrawing a Subject TreeFree writingBrainstormingClustering
STAGE TWO: DRAFTINGWhen drafting, ideas are written on paperand they develop into:a titlean introduction (a paragraph)a middle ( (a) paragraphs)a conclusion (a paragraph)
A REVISING CHECKLIST Did I say what I wanted to say? Is any information that should be addedmissing? Have I taken out any irrelevantinformation? Does my writing have: a title, anintroduction, a body, and a conclusion? Are the events in order?
A REVISING CHECKLIST Should some events be switched around? Does each paragraph have: a topicsentence, supporting details, and aconcluding sentence? Are all the details related to the topicsentence? Does each sentence make sense? Have I replaced all dull, unclear words? Are all facts accurate?
STAGE FIVE: PUBLISHINGFollowing are some ideas for publishing:Write a 2nd draft neatly.Draw a picture that relates to the ideas.Deliver an oral report about the writingitself.Present the writing in any other creativeway: a pop-up book, a magazine, a poster,and such.