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kemdau
01-12-2011, 09:10 AM
THE WRITING PROCESS
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As most people know, writing does not happen instantaneously. Follow the steps below to help your students through the process of writing:

Writing Prompts Chart

1. Choose a topic: find ideas/ find the character, plot, or setting that you feel most comfortable writing about.

2. Elaborate on details: invent details about your characters, plots, and settings

3. Organize ideas and write a draft: focus your ideas and put them down on paper.

4. Revise and polish: revise your writing / check spelling,
punctuation, and grammar when you write their final draft.

5. Share the story: share your story with your friends and family, either by reading it aloud or by publishing it in a mini-book.

6. Have fun!

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS!

So you’ve got your character, plot, and setting. Now what? Add details! For example, what is your character’s name? What does the character look like?
What’s so special about the setting? Fill in the chart below with details about each of your story elements. Then get ready to write!


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WHO

WHAT

WHERE



____________

(character)
____________

(plot)
____________

(setting)


Details:
Details:
Details:

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kemdau
01-12-2011, 09:18 AM
STORY BEGINNINGS
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Active beginnings

Writer’s tip: In order to capture your reader’s attention, the beginning of your story
must be interesting and lively enough to make your reader want to keep
reading. One way to do this is to begin with an action.


DIRECTIONS: Revise each story beginning. Put your main character in the setting, and have the character do something relevant to the story.

EXAMPLE: One rainy day I went to the mall.
REVISION: I splashed across the parking lot, yanked open the tall glass door, and, dripping wet, stepped into the mall.

1. Hi. My name is Kate. This is a story about the time I went to the zoo.
Put Kate (main character) at the zoo (setting) doing something (action).

REVISION:

2. This is a story about the time I built a robot in my basement.
Put yourself (main character) in the basement (setting) doing something (action).

REVISION:

3. I will tell you about my adventure swimming at the lake.
Put yourself (main character) at the lake (setting) doing something (action).

REVISION: