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Writing Process. Presented by Ashlee McCauley. TEKS – 4 th Grade. English Language Arts and Reading, Grade 4 (b)  Knowledge and skills.

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Writing process

Writing Process

Presented by Ashlee McCauley

Teks 4 th grade

TEKS – 4th Grade

  • English Language Arts and Reading, Grade 4

    • (b)  Knowledge and skills.

      • (15)  Writing/Writing Process. Students use elements of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) to compose text. Students are expected to:

      • (A)  plan a first draft by selecting a genre appropriate for conveying the intended meaning to an audience and generating ideas through a range of strategies (e.g., brainstorming, graphic organizers, logs, journals);

      • (B)  develop drafts by categorizing ideas and organizing them into paragraphs;

      • (C)  revise drafts for coherence, organization, use of simple and compound sentences, and audience;

      • (D)  edit drafts for grammar, mechanics, and spelling using a teacher-developed rubric; and

      • (E)  revise final draft in response to feedback from peers and teacher and publish written work for a specific audience.

      • (16)  Writing/Literary Texts. Students write literary texts to express their ideas and feelings about real or imagined people, events, and ideas. Students are expected to:

      • (A)  write imaginative stories that build the plot to a climax and contain details about the characters and setting; and

      • (B)  write poems that convey sensory details using the conventions of poetry (e.g., rhyme, meter, patterns of verse).

      • (17)  Writing. Students write about their own experiences. Students are expected to write about important personal experiences.

Prewriting sources of inspiration

Prewriting: Sources of Inspiration




Radio and TV


First draft

First Draft


Graphic Organization

Time to Write!

Brainstorming tips

Brainstorming Tips


Be selective in the ideas that you include.  Pick your best ideas. Make sure they relate to each other and your topic.


WRITE!  WRITE!  WRITE! Don't stop once you start writing.  Revising and editing come later.  Just let the ideas flow! 



HOLD IT!  Before going to the next stage, make sure you have enough content to work with.  If you feel that you are lacking content, go back to your prewriting for more ideas and details.  

When you feel that you have completed your ideas, you are then ready to go to the next stage.  

Revising what is it

Revising…What is it?

  • Making decisions about how to improve your writing

  • Looking at your writing from a different perspective

  • Finding places in your paper where the writing could be more clear, more interesting, or more informative.

Revising methods

Revising Methods

A.R.R.R. -  This method allows you to make four types of changes

Adding -

What else does the reader need to know?

Rearranging -

Is the information in the most effective order?


What extra details or unnecessary bits of information are in this piece of writing?

Replacing -

What words could be replaced by a stronger or more clear expression?



What is Editing?

  • Spelling

  • Capitalization

  • Punctuation

  • Grammar

  • Sentence structure

  • Subject/verb agreement

  • Consistent verb tense

  • Word usage

Editing methods

Editing Methods

  • Self Edit

  • Read your own work backwards

    • Read the last sentence, then the second last sentence, etc.

  • Does each sentence make sense when you read it on it's own?

  • Do you see or hear any errors in the sentence?

  • Peer Edit

  • Have your classmate use a checklist as he or she reviews your paper for editing.

Writing process


  • Be sure that every sentence has two parts:

    • subject (who or what)

    • predicate (what's happening)

  • Use sentence combining words: and, but, or, yet, so, who, whom, which, that, whose because, although, when, if, where and others

  • Be sure to use periods and commas only where necessary and do not overuse them.

  • Do not overuse the exclamation mark!

  • Even though Microsoft Word has a spell checker, make sure to also use a dictionary to check your spelling.




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