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  1. Get Ready to Write! February 7, 2007North Hunterdon - Voorhees Local Professional Development Committee

  2. Agenda • Overview of Writing as a Process • Prewriting Strategies • Break out sessions – Staff explores “Inspiration”

  3. Importance of Writing as a Process • Act of constructing meaning • Tool for learning • Enhances a student’s metacognitive skills • Skills must be directly taught

  4. Process Overview

  5. “Encouraging students at the beginning ofan assignment to use prewriting techniques … relieves anxiety in students who put off beginning a major writing assignment for fear of not being able to write ‘perfectly.’” Koffolt & Holt

  6. Prewriting Strategies • Looping • Wheel • Concept Mapping • More in toolbox

  7. Looping • Freewrite 2-3 minutes • Student stops and reads what has been written • Choose a word or phrase from first loop and use it at the start second loop sentence • Freewrite 2-3 minutes • Repeat the process one more time

  8. Looping

  9. Hub = A word or phrase that represents main idea Spokes = Concrete examples to support main idea Rim = Thesis statement Can be used to organize paragraphs or entire paper Writing Wheel Thesis Statement Examples to Support Thesis Statement Student’s Main Idea

  10. Concept Map • Graphic representation • Key words • Teaches students to differentiate • Can be utilized in prewriting, revising or post-writing activity.

  11. Concept Map

  12. Inspiration Concept Map

  13. Concept Map Introduction • Use to generate a topic • Brainstorming stage • Can organize ideas into categories • See structure to expand/contract • Use for first draft

  14. nhv-prewriting.wikispaces.com

  15. Summary • Overview of Writing as a Process • Prewriting Strategies • Break out sessions – Staff explores “Inspiration”