Monday, March 24, 2014

Unit: Introduction to Writing Process

The first unit I taught to the Freshman Writing Seminar was regarding the Writing Process. I wanted to give students a chance to practice different strategies and to experience the writing process from beginning to end. This unit consisted of several lessons with students learning about and practicing pre-writing, thesis statements, drafting, revising, and editing. Lastly, students experienced the writing process in its entirety with the Beatles Essay Project.

Click the links to access unit documents.

Lesson 1: Pre-writing (Selecting Strategies)

EQ: Why do we pre-write? What are some pre-writing strategies?

Lesson Plan
PowerPoint
Essentials of Life Worksheet

Lesson 2: Pre-writing (Collecting Strategies)

EQ: How can I best collect information for a specific topic in preparation for beginning a draft?

Lesson Plan
PowerPoint
Graphic Organizers

Lesson 3: Thesis Statements

EQ: What is a thesis statement? Why do we need one? How do we write effective thesis statements.

Lesson Plan
PowerPoint
Thesis Statement Practice

Lesson 4: Drafting

EQ: What are the parts of an essay? What are some important tips to keep in mind when drafting?

Lesson Plan
PowerPoint

Lesson 5: Revising

EQ: How do we revise our writing to improve our ideas, organization, and voice?

Lesson Plan
PowerPoint

Lesson 6: Peer Revisions

EQ: How do we revise our writing with the help of our peers?

Lesson Plan
PowerPoint

Lesson 6: Editing/Proofreading

EQ: How do we edit/proofread our writing to improve our writing? How is editing different from revising?

Lesson Plan
PowerPoint
"Proofreading Pro" Handout

Unit Project: Beatles Essay

Beatles Assignment Handout
Beatles Essay Hand-in Checklist
Beatles Essay Rubric

Note: Some handouts referred to in lesson plans are missing as I no longer have access to the original Writer's INC resource.


While students worked on their Beatles drafts, I thought it quite appropriate to play of their hits in the background. 

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