Students focus on the different steps of the writing process.
The Writing Process unit contains 6 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in The Writing Process Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
The Writing Process
Students identify and define the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Then they work through each step of the process as they respond to a prompt and write an expository essay. They evaluate how the steps of the writing process make their writing clearer, more organized, and more engaging. Students will self-evaluate based on a rubric.
Revising Your Work
Students identify strategies writers use when revising, and they evaluate how revising can improve their writing. Students practice applying the following revision skills: adding, deleting, and moving sentences for clarity; using transition words for cohesion; combining sentences and using a variety of sentence lengths; and improving word choice for vivid writing.
Capitalization and Punctuation
Students learn and apply the rules for capitalization, apostrophe and comma usage, and quotation marks in dialogue. Then they write an explanation of the importance of capitalization and punctuation and summarize the rules for a younger audience.
Students learn spelling rules: sayings and rhymes, plural forms, and suffixes. Then they write their own mnemonic for spelling commonly misspelled words. Finally they edit a passage and correct the spelling errors.
Editing Your Work
Students learn to identify and edit sentence fragments and run-ons. Next they develop an editing checklist. Finally, they edit an excerpt.
Writing for Assessment
Students learn and practice strategies for responding to writing tasks during assessment. First they preview and read a fable. Then they learn PAST strategy to analyze a writing prompt about the fable, and they are directed through a shortened writing process to compose an assessment essay. Then they repeat the process independently for a writing prompt based on a comparison of two fables.