Note: Welcome to this new series on the iPad to transform how we approach writing in the classroom (or anywhere)! In this new series, the focus is on 6 actions you can take to iPadify the Writer’s Process. Yes, that’s right. The Writer’s process. Maybe we’ve gone a bit astray with our focus on the writing process. As a writer, what do you do? That’s what this series focuses on.
By the way, if you haven’t read the previous series, iPadifying the Writing Workshop, you’ll definitely want to in this convenient post that combines all the sections into one.
PreWriting: Students may engage in freewriting, create concept maps, semantic webs, graphic organizers.
Drafting: Quickly writing down your ideas, not worrying about how correct, accurate, well-formed (or not) ideas are, paying scant attention to spelling, grammar, etc. After all, that can be handled later.
Revising: This is where the real work of writing is in my opinion, changing the organization of a piece to make it flow better, adding details that enliven the tale or that support concepts.
Editing: This is the work that word processing spell/grammar-checkers have made obsolete, although editing can include discussion of what constitutes revising.
Evaluating: Asking yourself, is what I have written say what I set out to say? Or perhaps, did what I write explore ideas and concepts in a way I didn’t imagine but that is worth keeping?
Publishing: This has to be one of my favorite aspects of writing–to publish is to make known one’s work to the world.
This article purports to iPadify the Writer’s Process, to reconstruct the very foundation of what the writing workshop is all about–The Writer’s Process, a personal journey in search of meaning and sharing, rather than the writing process that has been commercialized, slapped on a wall and forgotten. Shall we begin?
This is the first in a series of article with similar title! Check back every day for a new installment!
Check out Miguel’s Workshop Materials online at http://mglearns.wikispaces.com