9. Pre-Writing, First Writing, Re-Writing, Editing (3-12)
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Pre-writing, warm-up exercises can flow smoothly if they begin with a question-listing process. One way to avoid writer's block is to allow students to identify all of the questions that might be interesting to explore. If a teacher requests an essay about "loyalty, " for example, a student might start by listing such questions as;
The student may find that particular questions are especially appropriate for his or her writing. Certain questions may only apply to non-fiction, others only to poetry. If the class has a bank of editing questions, each student can choose the best questions to use for each occasion.
Working with peer partners for editing is facilitated by questioning. Again, the class can develop a list of helpful questions to ask after reading someone's work. This acts as a guide for students as they work together to give each other advice and help with their writing.
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