Prewriting: Getting Ready to Write
Peter Van de Veire
Hello. We have been busy in my level 2 reading and writing class. We have spent a lot of time working on making summaries. We read a book or an article, and then we work on picking out the most important details. We write those details in point form in our notebooks. Then we use those notes to write a summary of the book or article.
This is not as easy as it sounds. You do not want to miss important details, so you need to read carefully and find the key points. Also, you do not want it to be too long, so you need to make sure that you cut the parts that are not necessary. This is difficult, and it takes a lot of practice to get good at it. However, it is a very important skill to master. Being able to summarize or explain what you have read is a big part of college life.
We have also been working on writing academic style paragraphs. We have studied and reviewed topic sentences, supporting details, and concluding sentences. We have been working on methods of organizing paragraph and using transitions, too. In addition, we have learned and practiced three types of prewriting: freewriting, clustering, and listing. We have also done some work on making basic outlines. Doing prewriting is a very important step for getting ready to write a good paragraph or essay.
Here is a short video that goes through the prewriting process. In this example, the students used “clustering” to get ideas. I hope you enjoy it.