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I. Prewriting A. Finding a Topic 1. Freewriting – Writing as much as you can on a topic without stopping to think. This is done in paragraph form. 2. Interview Yourself – ask yourself open- ended questions. 3. Brainstorming – Listing as many ideas down onto paper as you can without stopping to think. B. Focusing a Topic 1. Limiting a topic – cluster diagram. 2. Ask specific questions. C. Finding and Organizing Information 1. Gathering Information - Personal information, interviews, books, magazines, newspapers, Internet, etc. 2. Organize Your Notes – put related ideas and facts together by using outlines and/or note cards. II. Drafting – writing down your ideas in paragraphs. A. Making a Plan – Start with ideas you want to write about, support them, and decide in which order you will present ideas. B. Use peer response. III. Revising A. The Six Traits of Good Writing 1. Ideas and Content – Ideas are clear, focused, and supported with details. 2. Organization – Ideas are arranged in a logical order that moves the reader through the text. 3. Voice – Writing shows individual style and personality. 4. Word Choice – Language is precise, powerful, and interesting. 5. Sentence Fluency – Sentences flow smoothly and have different lengths. 6. Conventions – All grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors have been corrected. IV. Editing & Proofreading Reading through the paper, line by line, looking for mistakes in grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and spelling. V. Publishing A. Publishing – The final form the writing will take. (Example: essays, pamphlets, power points, newspapers, etc.) B. Reflecting – Taking the time to think about how well the process worked for you and what you should improve on the next time you write.
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