Writing. It seems like an open and closed thing to just write something down, but it is not.
Writing is like baking -
It is a multi-step process that
takes skills each step of the way.
Students often do not understand. They think there's something wrong with them - that they "can't write". Really, they just need to know that putting the words on the page is only the first step (actually... it isn't even the first step!... )
BEFORE YOU EVER START to do what we call "Writing" there is a pre-writing process with many steps (and sub-steps!)
Careful documentation of research notes and sources
Thesis Statement Development
Outline - Planning
Then you can write - it is time for the first draft!
Then the editing process takes over:
Editing for the basics - complete sentences, spelling, and ideas
Editing for commas (this will take many read-throughs)
Editing - again!
Then the post-writing phase
Formatting the paper
Creating a works cited page
Adding or tweaking In-text citations
Back to Editing!
Check it over again
Edit to the marking rubric
Get someone else to read it and give feedback
Print your finished Essay!
Sometimes I wonder why we call it the writing process
it seems to be mostly editing! The editing is a huge process- one that most students do not budget time for at all! Editing is the part that makes a good paper a great paper!
Check the free resources section for all kinds of free planning outlines to help you and your student.