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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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