Mr. Toren's 4th Grade

Room 133 Writing Process


1. Brainstorm
Brainstorming gets your ideas flowing so you can write. Never skip this important step!

There are many ways to brainstorm. Make lists, mind-maps, charts, Venn diagrams, writing clusters, outlines, etc.


2. Write a pre-write
A pre-write lists your characters, setting and plot.

When writing your plot do not use a lot of details.

Remember to include the beginning, middle, and end of your story. Do not end your prewrite, "Read on to see what happens."


3. Write a rough draft
It does not have to be neat---just make sure it's readable.

Edit your own rough draft first.  Make sure you check your spelling and punctuation.  It is a good idea to read your story out loud quietly to yourself. 


4. Give your composition to a parent, teacher, or classmate for editing and comments
Your editor should read your paper and use editing marks to let you know what needs to be corrected as far as spelling and punctuation goes.

A good editor will let you know what they think about your story.  They may ask you questions about why certain things happened in your story.  They may also make suggestions about how you could change or revise your story to make it even better.

Remember that an author never publishes his rough draft! They spend much time revising their own work and then asks others to make suggestions.


5. Write your final draft
Using your editors's suggestions, rewrite your paper one more time. Try not to look at these suggestions as criticisms, but as ideas to help you become the best writer you can be!

Pay close attention to details as you type or neatly rewrite your final draft.

Double-check your paper against your checklist to make sure style and mechanics are still okay, especially if you moved or added sentences or made other major changes.