Lesson Plans on the Writing Process

When beginning the writing process, it’s a good idea to give students an overview of what you plan to cover. Depending on the procedure in your grade, school, or district, there may be a formal plan in place that students are already familiar with. On the other hand, you may find yourself starting from scratch or starting with a group of students who haven’t had the same experiences with the writing process. There are five basic steps that can be used to outline the writing process; however, these steps are repeated as needed until a finished product is produced. When writing your lesson plans, it is a good idea to spend time on each step so that you can share strategies that students can use each step of the way. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Prewriting – This is the planning stage. You might want to practice ways to brainstorm ideas, share different types of graphic organizers they can use, do a lesson on using an outline, or model using writing prompts to get started.
  2. Drafting– This is the first draft or the rough draft. This is where you will probably spend the most time teaching about introductions, paragraphs, conclusions, etc.
  3. Revising and Editing – Revising is changing your writing to make it better. You might want to do a lesson on word choice here. Editing is correcting errors such as spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes. Lessons teaching students how to edit and use editing checklists would be beneficial.
  4. Rewriting – Lessons on transferring text carefully or using something to track what you’ve completed would be good ones to reinforce this stage.
  5. Publishing – You can keep it simple and have students type their work or come up with creative ways to publish and display their work. Just be sure they understand that presenting and sharing what they’ve written is an important step.

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