Hello again. Welcome back.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my two previous articles about teaching your child to write well. The first is titled
How To Write Well | Our Homeschoolers Became Excellent Writers and the second is titled
Now let’s continue through to your finished product.
The Creative Writing Process Steps Are:
- Pre-writing – gather and organize ideas; determine the audience
- Writing – without getting slowed down by perfect spelling and grammar, let the ideas flow and produce quality content
- Revising – keep relevant content, discard or
rewrite what isn’t relevant, produce smooth transitions, and spice up the details
with descriptive, interesting words
- Proofreading – correct punctuation, spelling, grammar, and sentence structure mistakes
- Publishing – share your masterpiece with your audience
If you haven’t yet purchased a stack of composition books, here’s a great deal. One or two won’t be enough!
I’ve discussed Step 1 – pre-writing in detail already. Now let’s discuss tips and strategies for the last four steps.
It’s important to make writing important in your homeschool if you want your children to become excellent writers. Writing should not be optional. Strive to provide at least one uninterrupted hour of writing instruction and practice every day.
If you have a reluctant writer, you might need to find something as a motivator. What does she really like to do? Then require her written work be finished before moving on to what she really likes. I’ve had to do that in different ways with my kids throughout the years, and our results were great!
In step 1 – pre-writing, you and your student made a plan, determined the purpose, and designated the audience. Now it’s time for step 2 – writing.
Step 2 – Writing
Keeping the pre-writing plan in mind, here are some writing strategies.
- Let the ideas flow onto the paper without much attention to proper spelling and punctuation.
- Allow invented spellings.
- Model good writing for the novice writer.
- Take dictation as your child tells his story.
- Create the composition together.
- Mix it up on different days with different strategies.
- The composition does not have to be completed in one sitting.
- Try to balance time spent on points.
- Remember that revision will take place later.
When you and your young writer feel like the pre-writing plan has been fully implemented in the writing step, it’s time for revision.
Step 3 – Revision
Here are tips and strategies for revision:
- Take a break after completing the writing step before starting the revision step.
- Spelling and punctuation will be corrected later.
- Read the child’s writing aloud to him using correct sentence structure, then have the child read it aloud and try to make improvements.
- Be careful to keep your critique light and encouraging, so your child won’t feel embarrassed by your suggestions.
- Suggest descriptive words and phrases to fully convey the meaning of the story; implement those your child likes.
- Consider the reader when making word choices.
- Craft transitions between ideas that help the reader follow easily.
- Mom reads the revised composition aloud as the child writes it. If asked, give correct spellings.
- Mom writes these words in the child’s “spelling words to study later” list.
- Have the child read his revision aloud to someone new and ask for suggestions.
- Leave the revision for a day, then make more improvements until the child is happy with his composition.
After going through the writing process with my children on several
compositions, they learned this revision process. It wasn’t long
before they didn’t want my help much, but tried to get it right on their
When Revision Is Complete…
Step 4 – Proofreading
Until your child is 9 or 10 years old and has leaned all the necessary grammar rules, assist him in correcting his writing’s grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling. Misspelled words should be put on the “spelling words to study later” list. (I recommend a one-year grammar course called Easy Grammar Plus. See my full review here.)
Get another set of eyes to proofread it, too.
Step 5 – Publishing
Share It With the Intended Audience.
This is called Publishing, and it is the 5th and final step in the 5 Creative Writing Process Steps.
Your student can be proud of accomplishing a well-written composition! Show your excitement and help him share it with others. There are many people who would like to hear the ideas, opinions, and creativity of young writers.
- Postal carriers
- Firemen and women
- A writing co-op
- Public officials
- A beloved pet
- Family members
- The newspaper editor
- The restaurant chef
- Essay contests
- Pen pals
- Radio broadcast producers
- Youth group leaders
- Read it to a YouTube audience
- Display it at the library
- and many more!
As your child gets more practice with this process, gradually relinquish the responsibility for it to the student.
There are so many things to write about! I hope your homeschool writing program is a phenomenal success! And I hope my discussion of the Creative Writing Process Steps launches your finished product into the exceptional category! We experienced success, and you can, too!
Please comment below and let me know what you learned from this article. Thank you!
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