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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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