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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Step One Prewriting

Check out the cool video below, that helps explain prewriting, especially for those who are more visual learners. Both my kids learn via different methods, so I have to be creative in the ways I teach them.

So what exactly is prewriting? Basically it is all the things you think about, in any given day. Using all your senses, to expand your thoughts. Would the thought make a good writing topic? If yes, start to explore the idea a little bit more. Read about it, ask questions, observe, and listen.

There are several ways you can organize your thoughts: story maps, graphs, tables which is similar to a graph, diagram, outline, word cluster, list, or just jotting down your thoughts randomly. The last one is my personal favorite. I do better with things are a little less formal, and time consuming.

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