Launching A Writer's Notebook

We all have a little writer in us.

The First Fifteen Days Of Writing

We have already become a set of fabulous author's this year! In just three weeks we have created a variety ideas that we now have at our fingertips. These are going to allow us to create some of the most fantastic written pieces of work we have written up to this point. Let's sharpen our pencils and begin digging deep into setting up our writing notebooks!

Creating Your Writing Plan

Teacher's Resources

The Writing Process: An Interview with a Fourth Grader

Prewriting- Step One

Prewriting simply means what you do “before you write." Prewriting should not be skipped, because it is an important part of the writing process.

We have already begun doing a lot of the first step of the writing process: PREWRITING. Look back over what we've completed in the past three weeks! We have a TON of ideas. Now it's time for us to choose which one we want to focus in on from our 2-3 choices and really GET busy writing!
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Drafting- Step Two

This is where sentences and paragraphs start to form from the graphic organizer. The goal of the first draft is to get your ideas from the graphic organizer on paper. Skip lines when writing their first draft.

Today we are going to make a plan for the story that we plan on writing.

First, we are going to create a timeline of the events in the story you've selected (similar idea to our SPECIAL even timeline). Remember, good stories are snapshots, not three hour movies! Let me show you what I mean.

Now that I've begun I'm going to fill in my writing log so I know where I'm at in my writing.

Your turn!

Select one of the flagged ideas you've had and create a prewriting plan-timeline. THEN share your story with the class or a shoulder partner... make sure to refer back to the plan you've chosen.

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Revising- Step Three

Does it sound right? Revising is where you improve your writing. True authors go through many revisions before actually publishing their work. It IS okay to make changes to your work

once you get the first draft completed. You SHOULD make changes to your work, because there’s always room for improvement.

Things you may want to do during revisions:


Add more information that the reader would need to know

Rearrange information so it is more logical and effective

Remove unnecessary information or extra details

Replace words or details with clearer and stronger expressions

Revising is NOT fixing spelling, capitalization, punctuation, or grammar mistakes.

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Editing- Step Four

Does it look right? Editing is simply “fixing it.” This is where you check for spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, subject/verb agreement,

consistent verb tense, and word usage.

Self Edit Checklist:

Read your own work backwards (read the last sentence, the second to last

sentence, etc.)

Does each sentence make sense when you read it on its own?

Do you see or hear any errors in that sentence?

Peer Edit Checklist:

Are the main words in the title capitalized?

Are paragraphs indented?

Does each sentence begin with a capital?

Does each sentence end with punctuation?

Does each sentence have a subject and predicate and make sense?

Circle any spelling errors.

Are quotations used correctly?

Are proper nouns capitalized?

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What is the difference between REVISING and EDITING?!


You change the lead/beginning.

You add more details.

You change words to make them more powerful.

You change the order.

You add a section.

You delete a section.

You focus in on a part.








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Finally, PUBLISHING- Step Five

Publishing is the final step of the writing process. This is the “final copy.”

Publishing should be copying exactly what you have on paper. If you find a mistake or decide you’d like to add something – that’s okay – BUT you will need to go back to the revising step. Publishing is simply taking the first draft with revisions and edits, and writing it neatly on a new piece of paper.

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