Prewriting: Choose Topic Pick a general topic, and as you research and brainstorm, focus the topic.
Prewriting: Choose Topic For Example: General Topic Population control Reasons it is needed Reasons against it Countries that use it
Prewriting: gathering ideas and information Brainstorming Clustering
Pre writing: Research Plan your research What questions do you have? What questions do you have? What sources would be good? What sources would be good? How much do you need? How much do you need?
Prewriting: Create a thesis Thesis: A statement of opinion to be supported in a piece of writing.
What makes a thesis? Topic +Writer’s opinion on that topic Thesis
Sample Thesis Example: Margaret Haddix’s book Among the Hidden shows the reader that although over population may be a problem, there are serious dangers in creating a national policy controlling population.
What would we need to support this thesis? Margaret Haddix’s book Among the Hidden shows the reader that although over population may be a problem, there are serious dangers in creating a national policy controlling population. Facts and opinions that show overpopulation is a problem. Description, and explanation of potential problems that could come from such a policy
Organizing: putting information in an outline I. Introduction A. Grab attention B. Focus Topic C. State thesis II. Body A. Build points B. Develop ideas C. Support main claim III.Conclusion: Reemphasize main idea
Drafting Use outline to guide you. Each main idea should support your thesis. Develop a paragraph for each main idea. Support each paragraph with several details. When using sources, DOCUMENT!
Revising: reviewing ideas Does your writing say what you want it to say? Does it say it clearly? Is it organized? Does the introduction get the reader’s attention? Does the conclusion end with a purpose?