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Prewriting

Content Provided by Washington state OSPI
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Kefi Andersen

on 8 October 2012

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Transcript of Prewriting

Prewriting Prewriting is the thinking and planning the writer does before drafting and throughout the writing process. What is Prewriting? Characteristics of Prewriting What does prewriting look like? Choosing and Narrowing a topic creates purposeful writing.

Prewriting helps a writer to plan how to write about their topic.

Prewriting helps writers develop their ideas. Why Prewrite? Definition: Draw
connections between ideas Webbing What is prewriting?
Why prewrite? Includes:
Considering the topic
Audience
Purpose
Gathering information
Choosing a form
A plan for organizing and elaborating ideas Brainstorming
Many Ideas for a Topic Filtering, Planning Elaboration, & Organizing Finding a controlling Idea Categorizing: Grouping Similar Supporting Ideas Brainstorming Supporting Details Narrowing to a Manageable Topic DRAFTING I can come back later too! Sponge Bob
Square Pants Bikini
Bottom Crusty Crab Spongebob's Pineapple Driving School Jellyfish fields Friends Patrick Squidward Sandy Mr. Crabs Hobbies Catching
Jellyfish Fry Cook Karate Gary Enemies? Plankton Pearl Friendly Happy disposition Well liked by most Cheeriness not always appreciated It's about making connections between ideas! Think of details you could add Enemies Plankton Squidward? Sponge Bob
Square Pants Bikini
Bottom Crusty Crab Spongebob's Pineapple Driving School Jellyfish fields Friends Patrick Sandy Mr. Crabs Hobbies Catching
Jellyfish Fry Cook Karate Gary Pearl Friendly Happy disposition Well liked by most Cheeriness not always appreciated Think of details you could add Enemies Plankton Squidward? Color Change! Reorganize After webbing, narrow your topic.

Any of these categories could work!

But I know the most about Spongebob's relationship with Squidward, so I might choose that.

Or I might find it the most
interesting to write about! Completing the Prewriting Process Create a controlling idea
Filter details
Add ideas for elaboration
Determine an order (outline) Practice? Our School What do you think when you see this topic?

Generate as many ideas and connections as possible! Color code Time Choose a Manageable Topic

Not too big
Not too small

Do we care about it?

Do we know it well?

Color code related ideas Creating a Controlling Idea
Filter details to support topic
Add ideas for elaboration
Determine an order With your shoulder partner:

Make a web for:
Autumn Keep in Mind Remember your audience!
Who is going to read this?
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