The Writing Process – Elementary

There are many different ways to write. Sometimes we just sit down and write until we run out of steam. Other times we need to generate ideas first. In school, we may be asked to outline our writing first in some way. All of these are great ways to write and are appropriate in different situations. In the elementary grades, students need to learn how to take their writing through the writing process. This starts with ideas and ends with a finished product that is ready to be published.

  1. Prewriting: This is the planning stage. Students might brainstorm ideas, use a graphic organizer, use an outline, or even use a writing prompt to get them started.
  2. Drafting: This is what is commonly called the first draft or the rough draft. Students write their stories or nonfiction pieces while using their plans as guidance.
  3. Revising and Editing: It’s important that students understand the difference between revising and editing. Revising is changing your writing to make it better. It might mean using better word choice, taking things out, or moving sentences and ideas around. Editing is correcting errors such as spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes. Peer conferencing or conferencing with a teacher should happen before or during this stage.
  4. Rewriting: This may be the final copy or it might require another trip through the revising, editing, and conferencing stage of the process. At a minimum, it should be edited again, since much of it may have been rewritten. When the writing is complete and has been checked for errors, it is ready for the last stage.
  5. Publishing: Publishing doesn’t have to be formal. It just means that it is presented in a way that it is complete and that others can now read it. In a classroom, it can mean typing it on the computer, posting it to a blog, adding it to a class book, or displaying it on the wall.

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