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The Writing Process

1$ Choose a question you feel you ha#e a solid understanding of$ a$ %a&e sure you are clear e'actly "hat the (uestion is as&ing of you )information* description* argument* focus* opinion+ and that you understand all of the implications of the (uestion* not ,ust the "ords$ -$ !e sure that you understand all the lingo in#ol#ed in the (uestion: for e'ample* if you are "riting an .nglish essay* -e sure you understand the terms used in the (uestion )e$g$ /o you &no" "hat 0de#eloping character1 means if the (uestion as&s you to discuss a de#eloping character2+$ 2$ Brainstorm an ans"er to the (uestion using a graphic organi3er li&e the one -elo"$ 4e#er stop yourself from "riting something do"n during the -rainstorming process: "hat seems li&e a silly idea at first might ,ust -e the -est idea you ha#e5
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3$ If the -rainstorming doesn6t go "ell* return to step one$ 7$ If the -rainstorming goes "ell* organi3e your thoughts in an outline$ 8n outline should -e point form and should ha#e the structure of the piece you are "riting )i$e$ if you are "riting a paragraph your outline should ha#e your ideas organi3ed into the structure of a paragraph+$ 9$ 8fter you are satisfied "ith your outline* you need to "rite the first* rough draft of your paper$ This should -e dou-le spaced as you "ill need room to re#ise )ma&e ma,or changes+ and edit )ma&e changes to grammar* spelling and punctuation+ your "or&$ :$ 8fter all re#ising and editing is complete* "rite a good copy of your "or&$ This should -e typed* dou-le spaced* and in Times 4e" ;oman 12 point font "hene#er possi-le* or printed -y hand on one side of a page and dou-le spaced$ <$ !e sure to fulfill all other assignment re(uirements* such as adding a "or&s cited page* ma&ing a title page* or attaching a mar&ing scheme$ =$ taple your paper in the top* left>hand corner and -e sure you ha#e put your name on it$

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Paragraph Outline Topic sentence Includes topic + argument/focus/opinion + title of story and author if appropriate Point #1 Proof: Proof: Point #2 Proof: Proof: Point #3 Proof: Proof: Concluding entence !egins "ith a proper transition "ord Includes all of the information gi#en in the topic sentence

?$ Put your assignment in the appropriate -as&et$