Was preparing this set of 12 steps with a student and realized they will benefit all:
Step 1) brainstorm or thinking about all the different ideas
Step 2) putting these ideas onto paper (or the internet)- in any order
some students make lists
some students draw “mind maps”
some students like to draw and fill in the “clouds”
some students even doodle or draw the things they are thinking about!
Step 3) using point form- and a mixture of sentences – write down the main points that you remember without needing to look these points up- you may reference material later.
Step 4) If you need to support your ideas with facts from research- or from the novel, or from statistics…now is the time to add those facts beside the points you wrote for step 3
Step 5) You are ready to number your points and to join ideas so that the reader will understand what ideas go together
Step 6) the notes you make in class or on your own- refer back to them- have you left any important point out? could you add to the writing with any other description or fact?
Step 7) write the rough copy
Step 8) wait at least one day
step 9) reread the rough copy? what could be improved? what do you think will make it better?
Step 10) type up your first draft/ read this aloud – listen, does it seem to tell a story? Are the ideas clear?
Step 11) check your punctuation and spelling
Step 12) now type up the good copy to hand in 🙂
Things to remember:
If a teacher asks a specific question- you must answer this question.
If a teacher leaves it up to you, as the student, to “create” a response- begin with asking yourself a question!