Teaching the Writing Process, Step By Step

Teaching the Writing Process, Step By Step

Each lesson in Strategies for Writers is built on a blueprint that teaches each step of the writing process for every piece of writing students create. In each of three text types—Narrative, Informative/Explanatory, and Opinion or Argument—students write texts in multiple genres and learn how the traits of strong writing are expressed in different types of writing.

Every lesson begins with a model writing sample that provides students with an example of the type of text they’ll be writing.

They evaluate and score the sample using a genre-specific rubric that describes the characteristics of that particular text.

For each text, students complete each of the five stages of the writing process:

  • Prewrite
  • Draft
  • Revise
  • Edit
  • Publish

Instruction in grammar, usage, and mechanics is integrated into every lesson.

Teaching the Traits of Successful Writing

Teaching the Traits of Successful Writing

All writing is characterized by six observable, assessable, revisable, and editable features—the six traits:

  • Ideas
  • Organization
  • Voice
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Fluency
  • Conventions

Strategies for Writers teaches students how to bring these traits to their work so that they're not just learning the process of writing; they're also learning how to imbue their writing with the qualities that grab readers’ attention and hold it. Read "Traits and the Writing Process" to find out more about why teaching the traits helps students understand what makes good writing.

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