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You as a Writer
Transcript of You as a Writer
The Writing Cycle
Identity statements & reflections
Observations – things I notice
Questions – things I wonder
What do events mean
Response to things I read/see
Diagrams or charts
Clippings from websites, magazines news – and responses
Photos I want to write about
Images that stick in my mind
Experiments with long and short sentences
Ideas for fan fiction about my favorite shows, books, or movies
Last night’s dream
Entries in my other language
Descriptions of places, objects, people
Experiments with poems or other genres of interest
Revisions of prior thinking – return to a prior topic
Conversations I have had
Plans and goals
Explorations of Thought
You as a Writer
Writing is a process.
Writing is not just simply taking thoughts and putting them down on paper.
Writing is cultivating ideas, crafting them, exploring and altering ideas.
Designing the Text
Students have collected a number of notebook entries about a topic, and so now the topic is richer and more complex in their minds than it was when they first thought about it. Now, there are more decisions that need to be made. Decisions to make in order to turn this mess of material into an experience designed for readers – decisions about which part will come first, how all the stuff inside the topic will be arranged, the sound this text should have, and many others.
Students must understand that they cannot just rip an entry out of their notebooks to merely turn it in for a grade. Done! They have to see purpose with respect to their audience. Students as writers need to be aware of what they intend to do with their piece of writing.
It must have a purpose.
Finding a Topic
Look for an idea that:
Is worthy of further exploration
Is worthy of a larger audience
Has potential to be shared and explored by others
Writers have Tools
What tools work best for you?
What do you need to make you feel like a writer?
Collecting Around a Topic
Memories of the topic in your life or how the topic affects your life
Ideas & thoughts about what is important about the topic
The way the topic fits into the lives of the people involved
History/Science of the topic
Objects that would be in a museum about the topic
How different people think differently about the topic
Motivations and purposes of the topic
Descriptions from direct observation of the topic
The 5 senses description of the topic