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  1. The Writing Process:Basic Methods of Essay Writing

  2. The Writing Process • Step #1 - Prewriting • Step #2 - Drafting • Step # 3 - Revising • Step # 4 - Proofreading & Editing • Step # 5 - Publishing

  3. discussing daydreaming and recalling memories drawing brainstorming observing interviewing interpreting photos or artwork watching films or TV responding to literature role playing mapping listening to music researching information imagining Step #1 - Prewriting : This is whatever you do to generate ideas about what to write. It can include anything from ...

  4. Step #2 - First Draft : Just start writing your thoughts, and don’t worry about making or correcting any mistakes. It is important to get your ideas down on paper first. Then you have something with which to work. Corrections will come later. • Step #3 - Revision: Once you have written down your ideas, it is time to work with them and refine your writing to express what you have in mind more clearly. • Step #4 - Proofreading & Editing: Finally, it is time to clean up errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar and usage. Once all of this is done, write or type your final draft very neatly in presentation form. • Step #5 - Publishing: Show the world your masterpiece!

  5. Writing an Essay An Essay is a piece of writing that is used to express one’s opinion or point of view on an issue. It is designed to show others why you think something is important.

  6. Parts of an Essay • Introduction: Should be ... • a statement that you intend to prove or • a question that you intend to answer in the body of your essay • The introduction tells what lies ahead and draws the reader in. • It introduces your topic and gives just enough information to make the reader want to read the rest of your paper .

  7. The Body : Should provide particular information about the subject matter stated in your introduction. This part consists of three or more paragraphs, each of which must contain: • A topic sentencewhich focuses on one aspect of your subject from the introduction. • Several sentences that provide more information about your topic sentence thatproves your statement to the reader • A transitioning sentence: This last sentence of the paragraph should lead the reader into thenext paragraph

  8. The Conclusion:The conclusion restates the introduction in different words and reminds us as to why your subject is important.

  9. The Revision Process • ADDwords, phrases or more information to help make your points clear and easy for the reader to understand. • REMOVEwords that repeat themselves and information that does not relate to the main idea of your paragraph or to the topic of the essay. • MOVE AROUND words, phrases, sentences or even whole paragraphs in order to keep your ideas clear and flowing toward a logical conclusion. • SUBSTITUTEwords with more exact words or phrases that express what you want to say more clearly.

  10. Revision Checklist • Have you written an introduction? • Do you have a statement to be proven or a question to be answered? • Does each paragraph have a topic sentence and several supporting details or examples? • Do the supporting details of each paragraph serve to prove the topic sentence or answer the question posed?

  11. Are the ideas stated clearly? • Are your sentences varied? • Is your point of view clear? • Does each paragraph relate to the main topic as stated in your introduction? • Do you have good connecting sentences that lead the reader from one paragraph into the next?

  12. Have you written a conclusion? • Does your conclusion remind us why your topic is important?

  13. Proofreading/Editing Symbols = Begin a new Paragraph Sp. = Misspelled word = Incorrect use of punctuation or capitalization ww = Wrong word

  14. = Invert the order • = Separate two words • = Connect two words • = Word has been omitted • e= Delete • R-S = Run-on sentence • S-F = Sentence fragment • T = Wrong tense

  15. awk= Awkward phrasing • ? = Unclear • —>= Indent paragraph