Stage 1 Pre-Writing
Ideas Ideas Ideas - it is all about IDEAS!
I use the Ideas Development Writing Trait at this stage. I used the Draw-Label-Caption strategy. It is best to start with something you know a lot about. YOU! You are an expert on yourself so use your own experiences to write about. Exciting experiences are great to work with but don't worry if they are boring because they are just as good to use. I had a "boring" weekend and cleaned up my cupboard. I am going to use that as an example for you. I don't worry about anything else accept trying to capture my ideas and put them on paper. As I note them down it makes me think of more.
Stage 2 Drafting
Voice and Word Choice.
Just write and write and write. Let your ideas that have been popping in your head during Pre-Writing explode on to your page. It doesn't matter if it's not Organized yet (that can come in the 2nd Draft) because if you have a great sentence you can hear in your head then write it down. Take Risks and use words you have never used before but you have heard others say or words that you have read that others have written. Let your personality come out on to the page. Write like you talk.
This a time for you to share your work with a partner. Ask them for feedback about what was good writing and what traits of your writing need improvement. It is also a time for you to listen and provide feedback on their writing. You can also learn and collect ideas from others when you are listening to or reading their piece.
Stage 4 Revising
Revising helps make your writing even better! So take it seriously by doing a thorough job (time and effort).
Focus on Sentence Fluency, Word Choice and Voice.
Use these two Sentence Fluency strategies on the first 5 sentence you have written.
ReDraft those sentences if they need it by using a BLUE pencil.
Then work through the rest of your piece of writing in sections such as half a page at a time.
Stage 5 Editing
You are on a hunt!
This is a time to concentrate and focus on finding the Conventions in your piece that need improving.
Conventions are important grammar, spelling and punctuation details.
You will need to work through your piece in sections. You will need to check one thing at a time and adjust each thing you find with RED pencil.
This means you will be reading your piece at least 10 times through; once for each convention detail. For example, read a section once for spelling, read it again for indents, read it again for grammar, read it again for question marks and so on.
This is also a great opportunity to learn and practice spelling, grammar punctuation. You will not remember or know all of the "rules" but you can find out what you need when you need it.
For example use your favourite novel to help you with using the correct speech marks and speech punctuation.
To edit your piece, use these editing symbols found on the proofreading bookmark (click on the file below to download) from Super Teacher Worksheets.