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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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
The writing process is made easier with the right tools! Although this instructional activity is a guide through Inspiration Software, the visuals and detailed steps are useful on their own. Visual diagrams are the strategy here; learners use pre-made templates with visuals, hyperlinks, and text to help them organize thoughts and develop ideas. A pre-done example makes modelling easy. A transfer tool allows them to send their draft to a word processor for final revisions. If you don't have this program, the mind mapping idea can be done the old fashioned way, too!
Lead your learners through the different stages of the writing process. Show them this presentation as they work through a writing assignment, breaking it up over several days of work. You might also post this on a class website as a reference material. 
Students read Chasing Vermeer and relate the book to the author .  In this writing process instructional activity, students view Blue's Photo Album and see how the author writes and revises her work. Students discuss the process that all good writers follow.  Students choose ideas for writin and write a draft. Students revise their work.
Elementary schoolers use the writing process steps to write a descriptive paragraph about a fictional dinosaur. Using a tech tool lesson, they create a graphic title for the paragraph. A nice blending of technology with "old-fashioned" teaching.
Students explore language arts by analyzing story writing techniques. In this story structure activity, students analyze a writing rubric and discuss the 5 step writing process. Students plan a personal story they want to write about by categorizing the beginning, middle and end.
Fourth graders read Chris Van Allsburg's, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, before using the pictures in the book as prompt for their original writing. They research the Internet for information about the writing process. They use proper spelling and punctuation in their stories which have a distinct beginning, middle and end.
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.
Fourth graders write a descriptive essay about their class field trip. They observe a teacher demonstration of the writing process, write and peer edit their essays, and prepare a slideshow presentation using text from their field trip description.
Young scholars are introduced to a writing process that includes the steps: prewrite, rough draft, editing and revising,final copy, presentation, and assessment. They view a video, watch a teacher demonstration and write original material.
Eighth graders identify the 5th step of the writing process and apply the process to student autobiographies. While in the computer lab, they continue to type their autobiographies, and create covers for their autobiographies.
Students work with the writing process to edit stories. In this editing lesson plan, students participate in a demonstration of how to add interesting words to a sentence. They add adverbs and adjectives to a story that they are writing to increase interest and readability. They brainstorm a chart of adverbs and adjectives to be used by the whole class and help a classmate with their editing process.
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.