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Prewriting Techniques. Composition Techniques Shannon Phillips. Don’t forget to view the notes (Right click > Speaker Notes) and to take notes over the material. You will be asked to brainstorm your first paper topic, and you will use this materials in the quizzes. . Introduction.

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    1. Prewriting Techniques Composition Techniques Shannon Phillips Don’t forget to view the notes (Right click > Speaker Notes) and to take notes over the material. You will be asked to brainstorm your first paper topic, and you will use this materials in the quizzes.

    2. Introduction • To be studied: • Ritualizing writing • Reassurance ritual • Early starts • Narrowing topics • Brainstorming techniques

    3. Today’s Journal • Create a journal entry to practice prewriting techniques. • Date the entry and call it “Prewriting.”

    4. The Crazy Things We Do . . . Prewriting • What do you do to avoid writing/prime yourself for writing? • Brush the toilet? • Rearrange the furniture in your house? • Call everyone you know on the phone?

    5. Personal Rituals • The ritual you create is helpful to get your creative juices flowing.

    6. Start the Writing Process Early • As soon as you get your assignment, start thinking about and brainstorming the topic.

    7. Strong Interest Inventory • Right now, in your journal, write down 3 topics from the Civil Rights topics list. • Choose the topic that interests you most. • Outline the topics.

    8. Public Organizations • Ku Klux Klan (KKK) • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) • Highlander Folk School • Black Panthers • Choose one or offer a suggestion.

    9. Legislation that Changed Public Institutions • Plessy vs. Ferguson • Fourteenth Amendment • Brown vs. Board of Education • Sweatt vs. Painter • Civil Rights Act (1964) • Choose one or offer a suggestion.

    10. Peaceful and Not-so-peaceful Demonstrations • Sit-in campaigns (Greensboro, North Carolina, and more) • Montgomery Bus Boycott • Freedom rides • Mississippi and Alabama riots • March on Washington • Choose one or offer a suggestion.

    11. Men and Women of the Civil Rights Movement • Stokely Carmichael • Septima Clark • Medgar Evers • Zora Neal Hurston • Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. • Malcolm X • Thurgood Marshall • Rosa Parks • JoAnn Gibson Robbins • Spottswood Robinson • Earl Warren • Choose one or offer a suggestion. • Do not study the figure on a biographical scale: Study a contribution they made or study a speech or movement for which they were the primary catalyst.

    12. Songs, Folktales, Poetry, and Speeches • How were each of the following songs or poems used through other media (speeches) to strengthen the movement's cause? • How might different races have viewed and interpreted the media chosen? • "We Shall Overcome" • "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" • "I'm Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table One of These Days" • "How it Feels to be Colored Me" by Zora Neal Hurston • "Hallelujah I'm A-Travelin‘” • "Ballad of Birmingham" by Dudley Randall • Choose one or offer a suggestion.

    13. Narrow the Topic • Take one of your outlined items to begin the brainstorming process. • Listing • Clustering • Free writing • Interviewing and Cross Examining • Sketching • Dramatizing the subject Some are found in Part 1, Section 1 of Raimes.

    14. Your Assignment • Decide upon 3 narrowed topics for the first paper assignment, using the strong interest inventory to practice brainstorming techniques. • You must use listing, clustering, sketching and/or dramatizing the subject, plus one more techniques of your choice. • Write a 1-2 page (double-spaced, 1” margins, 12 point Times New Roman font) rationale of which techniques worked, which did not, and why for each. You will use (copy and paste) the exercises during the Prewriting Techniques Quiz.

    15. Works Cited • McCuen, Jo Ray, and Anthony C. Winkler. Readings for Writers. New York: Harcourt, 1998. • Wyrick, Jean. Steps to Writing Well with Additional Readings. New York: Harcourt, 1999.