2 Step 1 – PrewritingPre-writing literally means, “before writing.” Before you actually begin writing your essay, you will need to do the following things:1. Choose a topic to write on2. Brainstorm or generate ideas for your topic3. Focus in on central ideas
3 Step 2 – Plan and Organize Organizing your list of ideas can help you specifically decide what you want to write about and how to go about writing. This is a rough plan for your essay and can help make the rough draft writing easier.There are three main ways to ‘plan and organize’ your ideas:1. Spider Diagram/Bubble Cluster2. Outline3. Columns
4 Step 3 – Rough Draft Writing After getting ideas and organizing them, it is time to start writing the essay. When you begin writing your rough draft, try to remember the following:1. Don’t worry about writing the ‘perfect’ paperthe first time.2. Don’t focus on spelling and grammar as youwrite your rough draft. You can check this laterin the writing process.3. Your goal in writing a rough draft is to developand support the ideas listed in your outline.
5 Step 4 - EditEditing is what you’re used to looking for naturally when you read your paper or peer edit someone else’s. When you read through your paper the first time after writing it, you should EDIT ONLY!Begin editing your draft forspelling,grammar,capitalization,punctuation,word choice, andsentence structure errors.
6 Step 5 - ReviseAfter you write your first draft, go back over it and look for ways to improve your essay in content and organization.Read through your paper a second timeand REVISE ONLY!Begin revising your draft foridea developmentorganization of sentences in a paragraph,organization of paragraphs in the essay,repetition of ideas, andchanging introduction and/or conclusion.
7 Step 6 - PublishThe last step is turning in your essay to be graded. Look at the guidelines below for turning in the final draft of your essay.Did you follow the directions on the project handout?Times New Roman e. Double Spaced, One-inch marginsSize 12 f. 5 Above Average ParagraphsCorrect format (name, hour…) g. Flesch-Kincaid (pre and post)Unique titleIs your paper error free, having been edited and revised several times over?Is your final copy clean, not written on, stapled neatly, etc.?Are you turning it in on time?