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The Writing Process
Transcript of The Writing Process
Exploration & Organization
Yes! Because you are not stressing over your essay at the last minute!
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Plenty of Specific Supporting Details
Organization and Transition
Find a way to make topics and assignments personally interesting.
Believe you have something worthwhile to say.
Express what you have to say after you’ve listened, read, debated, pondered and explored beyond the surface
Who is the reader?
What do they know/think about your topic?
time and place
what if your first idea doesn't work out?
what if there is a better idea swimming around in your head somewhere?
what it you can't think of anything more to write about?
Once you have a general idea or experience to write about, then you need to explore that idea more in-depth. If you skip this step, called exploration, you will likely not end up with enough to write about.
You can explore your topic by continuing more prewriting activities, discussing your topic with others, by creating a scratch outline, by doing research, or journaling/blogging.
Thesis Statement: There is more than one type of outline.
I. The first outline you are likely to make is a rough outline.
A. A rough outline is usually just a list of ideas put into some sort of order.
II. A scratch outline helps you focus your inital outline and weed out unusable ideas.
A. To make a scratch outline, the writer scratches out ideas on the rough outline that don't work for the rhetorical situation.
III. A formal outline is the most detailed outline and the closest to your actual essay.
a main point expressed in a topic sentence
all details support the topic sentence
a variety of points supporting the main idea
specific details for each supporting point
support that will be convincing to my reader?
clear method of organization
transitions and other cueing devices
(def) rewriting a paper, building upon what has already been done, in order to make it more effective for the rhetorical situation; revision often takes longer than writing
set your draft aside for awhile; write a little each day rather than binging
read your draft out loud and make notes in the margin for the next draft
peer review and conferencing
REVISE FOR. . .
flow and transitions
intro and conclusion
Print your paper
Read each sentence and check for grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling errors
DO NOT RELY ONLY ON SPELLCHECK!
Have someone else edit your paper
When you get papers back note the errors you make most frequently and how to catch and correct them!
How do you write?
Who looked like this when they found out they were taking a writing class this semester?
Myths About Writing
It is easy
Some people are just talented; some aren't
It doesn't take a lot of time
"I write better under pressure"
It isn't fun
You only have to do it for school
You have to get it right the first time
A good piece of writing does all three of the basic aims: informs, persuades, entertains.
A set of instructions for building a backyard swing set
A magazine article that questions the immigration status of Superman
An editorial in the student newspaper calling for a reduction in student parking fees
A poem that makes fun of a computer Spell Check system
A newspaper article about the budget deficit in your state
A newspaper editorial about how the state should get out of debt
A letter of complaint about poor service from a cell phone provider
A restaurant menu that includes brief descriptions of each meal
A letter of reference given to a prospective employer
A Composition I essay describing a childhood memory of a fishing trip
The goal of prewriting is to free up your creativity and to generate as many possible ideas as you can.
You can begin to shape your disorganized prewriting ideas into a paper by deciding upon the point you want to make and then organizing your ideas to support that point.
Answers the questions “What’s the point?” or “So what?”
Controls the action of the paper.
An effective thesis takes the subject and provides direction for your take, your informed opinion, on the subject.
In a paragraph, the point is presented in the topic sentence. The topic sentence lets the reader know the point that the writer intends to make about a particular subject. We call this point the controlling idea.
In an essay, the point is presented in the thesis statement. The thesis lets the reader know the point that the writer intends to make about a particular subject. We call this point the controlling idea.
Begin with a point. . .
review assignment sheet
check for typos
print and submit in a folder with all process work
What I saw in your sample writing
Fully developing your ideas by providing specific support
Revising and Editing