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Strategies for Writers Grade 2 © Zaner-Bloser, Inc. All Rights Reserved. What Do Good Writers Do? Good writers plan their writing. Good writers write complete sentences. Good writers make their writing better. Good writers make their writing neat and correct. Good writers share their writing. The Writing Process
Strategies for Writers Grade 2 © Zaner-Bloser, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Special Writers’ Words 1.Prewrite: Plan your writing. 2.Draft: Write your sentences. 3.Revise: Make your writing better. 4.Edit: Make your writing neat and correct. 5.Publish: Share your writing. Your teacher will help you remember these words! The Writing Process
Strategies for Writers Grade 2 © Zaner-Bloser, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Step 1: Plan Your Writing (Prewrite) Pick one topic that would be fun to write about. Here are some examples: A fun hobby Your favorite pet A family vacation A school rule Write down everything you know about this topic. The Writing Process
Strategies for Writers Grade 2 © Zaner-Bloser, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Plan Your Writing Read Draw List Talk Think Brainstorm Use a web Look at pictures Listen to music Tell a story The Writing Process Here are some examples of ways you might plan your writing:
Strategies for Writers Grade 2 © Zaner-Bloser, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Step 2: Write Your Sentences (Draft) Look at your prewriting. It will help you get started. Write your ideas into sentences. Don’t worry about mistakes. You can fix them later. Try to write all your sentences without stopping or getting out of your seat. If you don’t know how to spell a word, it’s okay to guess. You can go back and fix your spelling later. The Writing Process
Strategies for Writers Grade 2 © Zaner-Bloser, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Write Your Sentences Make sure to include a beginning, a middle, and an ending. Double-space your writing. Pay attention to the margins on the paper. When you make a mistake, cross it out with a single line. The Writing Process
Strategies for Writers Grade 2 © Zaner-Bloser, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Step 3: Make Your Writing Better (Revise) Tell who, what, when, where, why, and how. Tell things in order. Use some long sentences and some short sentences. Use fun, colorful, descriptive words. The Writing Process NOTE: Writers do not always edit for all traits on every paper!
Strategies for Writers Grade 2 © Zaner-Bloser, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Make Your Writing Better Use a rubric or a checklist from your teacher. Read your paper out loud. How does it sound to you? Read your paper to a friend. Ask whether your friend wants to know anything else about your topic. The Writing Process
Strategies for Writers Grade 2 © Zaner-Bloser, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Step 4: Make Your Writing Correct (Edit) Make sure each word is spelled correctly. Make sure each sentence ends with a period, an exclamation point, or a question mark. Make sure each sentence begins with a capital letter. Make sure the names of special people and places begin with capital letters. Make sure your writing is neat. The Writing Process NOTE: Writers do not always edit for all traits on every paper!
Strategies for Writers Grade 2 © Zaner-Bloser, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Step 5: Share Your Work (Publish) You can share your work in many ways. Share with a partner. Share in a small group. Share with the whole class. Read your work out loud. Let classmates read your work. Display your work on a bulletin board. The Writing Process
Strategies for Writers Grade 2 © Zaner-Bloser, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Strategies for Writers Grade 2 © Zaner-Bloser, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Peer Conferencing Peer conferencing is talking about your writing with a partner.
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