Welcome to the first week of October! Here at NCTE, we look forward to the National Day on Writing on October 20. On Sundays during October, we’ll be looking at steps in the writing process, supported by resources from NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org.
When it comes to prewriting, what are ways to brainstorm, plan, structure, and organize writing?
- Prewrite organizer—This handout helps students evaluate story structure by answering the questions who, what, where, when, how, and why.
- Lesson plan “Developing Persuasive Arguments through Ethical Inquiry: Two Prewriting Strategies”—In this lesson, students use focused prewriting strategies to explore content and ethical issues related to a persuasive assignment.
- Lesson Plan “Color Poems—Using the Five Senses to Guide Prewriting”—Students use their five senses as a prewriting tool to guide their poetry writing as they compose free-form poems using imagery to describe a color.
- Unit Plan “Research Building Blocks: ‘Organize This!’”—In this minilesson, students organize information they compile while doing research for a written report on a selected topic.
- Online Interactive “Webbing Tool”—The Webbing Tool provides a free-form graphic organizer for activities that ask students to pursue hypertextual thinking and writing. The tool provides a quick way for students to trace out options and rearrange connections.
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