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Have a huge, important writing assignment coming up in your class? Worried about how your writers will organize their time? This resource explains the steps of using Inspiration Software to create a customized writing process plan. The tool can help your young writers master the basic steps of the writing process and organize their specific writing task. Inspiration Software is necessary for this lesson plan, and it can be downloaded for a free trial.
Break up the process of writing into manageable parts with Inspiration Software. Steps such as prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing do not require the software, but tools such as the Outline View make writing easier. If you do not already have the software, you can download a free thirty-day trial. Either way, the steps listed here are great guidelines for your beginning writers.
The writing process has never been easier with this digital approach. Although designed to describe Inspiration software, this lesson's visuals offer excellent ideas even if you don't have the program. Learners use pre-made templates designed specifically for the type of paper they are assigned, and move through each step of the writing process from drafting to publishing. Pre-made examples make modeling easy. They can even include due dates and graphics!
Students examine the writing process and specifically the brainstorming step of the process. They read and discuss writing samples from a website, complete a webbing activity, and develop a brainstorming web using Kidspiration software.
Struggling on what steps to take in your expository essay lesson? Or confused on what to include for your scribes? This exercise in the process of expository writing provides concepts and structure for the educator on what the writers should be executing in the three stages (pre-writing, drafting, revision) of the writing process. It also provides ideas on what materials to bring to the classroom. An easily adaptable writing prompt is available. 
Intended for an audience of teachers, this presentation lays out the six traits of writing, the writing process, and the teaching process for traits and strategies. If you are trying to understand the writing process more fully, you might consider looking over this resource. The fonts can be distracting, but the content is present.
The writing process meets the 21st century in this lesson centered around the Inspiration Software program. If you don't have the Inspiration program, the steps outlined here are still quite helpful in breaking down and scaffolding writing. Using a diagram, learners complete the cyclical process through pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. There are distinct templates for different writing tasks, and visuals give a good idea of what learners are working with.
The art of writing is very similar to that of creating a sculpture. They both follow a familiar process.
Introduce expository writing to your elementary learners. Young authors write a three-paragraph informational paper using the steps of the writing process. They follow guided lessons to experience each of five steps. Included are tons of links and related information. Be sure to check out the second link provided entitled "Peer Editing with Perfection!"
Students discover the importance of using descriptive words in good writing. They brainstorm words to describe elephants and dogs then watch a video that describes different items. Each student writes a paragraph using descriptive words to tell a story about a common household object.
Introduce primary graders to the writing process. After reviewing the steps, they practice using the process by writing a book report. Before writing the draft, they complete a graphic organizer. The completed draft is reviewed by peers. The revised, polished product is then present to the class.
Fourth graders identify the benefits of using a field guide for nature observations. They then field trip to a natural setting to prepare for writing. They record their observations, and write a journal entry using the steps of the writing process.
Fifth graders analyze well written and poorly written essays and define the four steps in the writing process. In this writing lesson plan, 5th graders edit poorly written essays.
Youngsters write and construct their own autobiographies based on The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis. They engage in pre-writing steps, narrative writing, and peer editing. This is the second part of a two-part project lesson.
Students identify and interpret the author's writing process and how he came up with his idea for Holes. They experience a moderated chat with the author by participating or reading the transcript. Students also reflect on their own writing process and create collages to illustrate how they view writing personally.
Fifth graders discover the difference between myths, legends, and folk tales. They summarize legends. They work together to dramatize legends and then create their own legend using the writing process. Handouts and worksheets are included.
Working on revision? Check out this resource on Common Core standard W.9-10.5, which focuses in particular on the writing process. After reading some information about the specifics of the standard and how to implement it in the classroom, look over an example assignment and a quiz you can assign to your class to reinforce the ideas built into the standard. Class members will be able to answer all the questions on the quiz by reading through the assignment example.
Brainstorming is a key part of the research and writing process. Class members follow step-by-step directions for an educational software product that helps them record their ideas for research. It even converts a graphic organizer into an linear outline! Samples, links, extensions, and adaptations are provided with this resource.
Explore fantasy as a genre. After working in small groups to identify literary elements in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, class members share their work and then use the presentations to help them prepare to write their own fantasy stories. Pupils review the writing process before outlining and composing original stories. This process will probably take longer than the suggested hour.
Outlining and organizing an essay are made easy with the help of Inspiration® graphic organizers. Specific directions and colorful graphics model for writers how to use the software to craft these key steps in the writing process. Adaptations and extensions are included.