Writing is part of our literacy block. Fifty minutes, three days a week, is devoted to the writing process. The writing process has 5 steps:
STEP 1: PREWRITING
- Decide on a topic to write about.
- Consider who will read or listen to your written work.
- Brainstorm ideas about the subject.
- List places where you can research information.
- Do your research.
STEP 2: DRAFTING
- Put the information you researched into your own words.
- Write sentences and paragraphs even if they are not perfect.
- Read what you have written and judge if it says what you mean.
- Show it to others and ask for suggestions.
STEP 3: REVISING
MAKE IT BETTER
- Read what you have written again.
- Think about what others said about it.
- Rearrange words or sentences.
- Take out or add parts.
- Replace overused or unclear words.
- Read your writing aloud to be sure it flows smoothly.
STEP 4: EDITING
MAKE IT CORRECT
- Be sure all sentences are complete.
- Correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
- Change words that are not used correctly.
- Have someone check your work.
- Recopy it correctly and neatly.
STEP 5: PUBLISHING
SHARE THE FINISHED PRODUCT
- Read your writing aloud to a group.
- Create a book of your work.
- Send a copy to a friend or relative.
- Put your writing on display.
- Illustrate, perform, or set your creation to music.
- Congratulate yourself on a job well done!
Parent Involvement in the Writing Process
The writing process provides children with a model that is sequential and consistent. Children of all ages and levels benefit from the structure of the writing process. Parents need to be familiar with the writing process that their child uses in school. Ask your child’s teacher to review the process he/she uses in the classroom. Parents are in a wonderful position to provide experiences that translate into meaningful writing by doing the following:
• Provide a print-rich environment at home.
• Read to your child from various genres.
• Involve your child in daily writing by having him/her make lists for the store, label photos, or write letters and thank-you notes.
These activities can make long-lasting impressions on your child. By modeling writing in the home, parents signal to their children that good writing skills are important.
On this page of our website you will be able to find previous and current units of study, writing rubrics, Common Core State Standards for Writing & different resources to help you become a better writer! Please use them and have fun!!