After you choose a topic, critical reading is essential to the development of a topic.
While reading almost any document, you evaluate the author’s point of view by thinking about the main idea and the support.
Although many more prewriting strategies exist, this chapter covers six: using experience and observations, freewriting, asking questions, brainstorming, mapping, and searching the Internet.
Using the strategies in this chapter can help you overcome the fear of the blank page and confidently begin the writing process.
Different kinds of documents can help you choose a topic and also develop that topic.
For example, a magazine advertising the latest research on the threat of global warming may catch your eye in the supermarket.These are the five steps in the writing process: Effective writing can be simply described as good ideas that are expressed well and arranged in the proper order.This chapter will give you the chance to work on all these important aspects of writing.The cover may interest you, and you may consider global warming as a topic.Or maybe a novel’s courtroom drama sparks your curiosity of a particular lawsuit or legal controversy.Please keep in mind that I still find teaching students to write ‘with sophistication’ quite challenging.I don’t want to feed my students words, phrases or ideas that they do not understand. but to be honest I think that the feeling of successfully creating a quality piece of writing is a pleasure in itself for young people who may never have had success before.Just as you need a recipe, ingredients, and proper tools to cook a delicious meal, you also need a plan, resources, and adequate time to create a good written composition.In other words, writing is a process that requires steps and strategies to accomplish your goals.Tonight’s topic for our weekly #ozengchat made me realise how many different resources I have created to help students become better writers.I shared quiet a few of them tonight and thought it might be a good idea to stick them all in one place.