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5 Types of Prewriting Bubble Clusters and Spider Diagrams 1. The subject of the pre-write goes in the middle circle. 2. Each circle is numbered. The center bubble is the main idea and is labeled #1 3. The #2 bubbles are sub-headings off the main idea. #2 ideas are the basis for the topic sentences. 4. The #3 bubbles are concrete details and there must be at least two. They form the backbone of the body paragraphs. Each #3 must be at least 5 or more words. 3 Bubble see my brothers 2 Cluster and sisters more family often 3 3 Go on vacation s Barbecues 1 to Disneyland in the Summertime and the beach back yard 2 daily routine 3 3 Catch up on more time to movies I do pleasure missed reading 3 stay up late and sleep in 3 3 See my brothers and 3 go on vacation to sisters more often Barbeques in the Disneyland and to backyard the beach 2 Family Spider Summertime Diagram 1 2 Daily routine 3 catch up on movies I missed 3 stay up late and 3 more time to do pleasure reading sleep in Outline Getting a Computer (#1) I. Picking one out (#2) A. Shopping around at different stores to compare (#3) B. Talked to salespeople about what I needed (#3) II. Setting it up (#2) A. Tried to read the manual but gave up (#3) B. Friend came to get it started and teach me (#3) Line Clustering Subject: (#1)Spring—my favorite season of the year. Step 1: LIST List your ideas in any order. You need 6. --new leaves and flowers on the trees --warmer weather during the day and night --time to clean the house --school is coming to an end --Daylight Savings Time comes in April --baseball season/practice starts up again Line Clustering, cont’d. Step 2: CATEGORIZE Categorize your ideas(think of ways you can group ideas together) A. Nature (#2) B. My daily routine and responsibilities (#2) Line Clustering, cont’d. Step 3: LABEL Label each idea by category A. new leaves and flowers on the trees (#3) A. warmer weather during the day and night (#3) B. time to clean the house B. school is coming to an end B. Daylight Savings Time comes in April B. baseball season/practice starts up again Columns/ (#1)My Two Best Friends (#2)Cheryl (#2)Joe • (#3) known me since we • (#3) lives down the street were in kindergarten from me • (#3) we have 4 classes • (#3) we will be taking together each day driver’s training together next summer Thesis Statement 1. My high school is the best one around. Yes 2. I have gone to East High School for three years. No 3. Our football team is better than last year’s. Yes 4. I hate going to the mall for Christmas shopping. Yes 5. My family went to Disneyland last summer. No Thesis Statement 6. Volleyball is the best sport to play. Yes 7. Little Women was a fascinating book. Yes 8. My bedroom is a pigsty. Yes 9. School is a cool place to be. Yes 10. We have 4 required courses to take this year. No H.W. Using one method of your choice (bubble cluster, columns, outline), create a pre-write for the following topic: Topic: My favorite _________ (movie, song, book, band, sport, activity, etc.) After you’ve completed your pre-write, create a thesis statement (remember, your thesis statement must have a subject and an opinion) for your topic.
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