1. Pre-writing– putting the pieces together, considering your audience & topic. The audience could be your parents, teachers, self, and friends. Topics could include family, sports, or pets.
1) Brainstorm- pick the area focused on.
3) Expanding on your topic with graphic organizers (areas covered)
Audience, Purpose, & Form
2. Drafting– 1) mark your paper as a rough draft, 2) what’s in the story- get your ideas down, & 3) skip lines for room to correct.
The drafting stage is considered as a blueprint. You write as you think and come back to correct. During this stage, you do not worry about spelling. At this time, you can mark out sentences that do not make sense.
3. Revising (for meaning)- before & after (added detail), reread, share, discuss, make changes, & make big changes, instead of small changes.
4. Editing (for mechanics)- can be thought of as a tool chest with tools used to edit. The hammer can hold capitalization, insertion, and indention. When adding a comma or an apostrophe, you can use a nail. You use a saw when needing commas, deleting, or changing to lowercase.
Getting distance- get a better perspective. Proofread- a fresh perspective. Have a friend look over the paper. Correct errors.
5. Publishing– make a final copy and share it. Take questions from the audience. This is a time for written books, microphone-talk, author’s chair, bringing compositions to life, and thinking of themselves as authors (about the author) and telling about themselves.