Writing Process Resource Link

This post correlates to my ENG 1001 “Intro to ENG 1001 and the Writing Process” lesson, but can be used as a resource for comp. II or literature students as well.

The Writing Process: what is it?

The Writing Process is something we focus on throughout English Composition I and II. 

  •  Good writer’s don’t create good writing the first time.
  •  On average, you’ll revise an undergraduate college essay 3-6 times
  • ­Sometimes more; sometimes less.

Here are the main steps we will use this semster:

  1. Prewriting or brainstorming
  2. Thesis Development and Outline
  3. Rough Draft
  4. Proofreading and Revising (peer-review and IVCC Writing Center)

Here is a quick resource link with this information; here is a more detailed resource link with this information.

The Writing Process: how to personalize it for you

STEP 1: Throughout your essay prewriting, drafting, and finalization, remember that The Writing Process is fluid: 

  •  It can bend and shift to fit your needs:
    • ­Imagine water filling a glass or a river moving downstream.
  •  If you’re reading and revising a draft and you realize you need to explain a point more:

    1. do a freewrite or brainstorm
    2. outline your new thoughts
    3. Add the content to your current essay
    4. Proofread and move on

STEP 2 : While we write, write, write this semester, pay attention to your success and failures:

  • ­Not necessarily your grade
  • ­The technique that was quickly for you
  • ­Note what you didn’t understand or hate
  • ­What processes make you write your essay faster or will less hesitation

STEP 3: When the semester ends, reflect on what worked for you and what didn’t.

STEP 4: Take the “useful stuff” with you and disregard the “not so useful.”

Resource Links

Quick link: http://cmsw.mit.edu/writing-and-communication-center/resources/writers/writing-process/

Detailed link: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/the_writing_process/invention_starting_the_writing_process.html

Prewriting: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/the_writing_process/prewriting/prewriting_introduction.html

Proofreading: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/the_writing_process/proofreading/beginning_proofreading.html

Revising: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/the_writing_process/proofreading/revising_for_cohesion.html

IVCC Writing Center: http://www2.ivcc.edu/writingcenter/index.html

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Paragraph Development: ENG 1001

This post includes information about developing body paragraphs for analytical writing. It first discusses body paragraph development and then provides expectation for how to incorporate and use citation. I consider this a foundation skill-set involved in writing successful academic evidence-based claims.

PART 1: Paragraph Development.

In order to develop/write strong, logical body paragraphs, each one needs to include 3 parts:

  1. Topic sentence: one sentence that lets readers know the paragraph’s main point.
    • Doesn’t provide depth or example.
  2. Developing Sentences: 4-6 sentences, excluding citation.
    • Provides the description, example, or depth that explains your paragraph’s point to readers.
  3. Wrap-up (with optional transition): 1-3 sentences that end your point; may begin to transition to your next topic.

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Research Essay: Internet sources

This post provides information about the credible Internet article requirement of the Research Essay, specific to my ENG 1002 course.  Students are expected to use

General Suggestion: print the article(s) you believe you will use as evidence in your essay. Saving a link is fine, but having the printed copy will allow you to trouble-shoot Internet access issues and the event that a free sites moves to paid accounts.

Choosing Credible Sources

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Research Essay: Library Sources

This post provides information about the library database article requirement of the Research Essay, specific to my ENG 1002 course. Students are expected to use

General Suggestion: 1) copy/paste the permalink or document URL for each article you believe you will use as evidence in your essay 2) download/email yourself the PDF (when available) and 3) print the article. This will allow you to troubleshoot Internet access issues.

List of Commonly Used Library Databases 

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Body Paragraph Development: ENG 1002

This post includes information about developing body paragraphs for analytical writing. It first discusses body paragraph development and then provides expectation for how to incorporate and use citation. I consider this a foundation skill-set involved in writing successful academic evidence-based claims.

PART 1: Paragraph Development.

In order to develop/write strong, logical body paragraphs, each one needs to include 3 parts:

  1. Topic sentence: one sentence that lets readers know the paragraph’s main point.
    • Doesn’t provide depth or example.
  2. Developing Sentences: 4-6 sentences, excluding citation.
    • Provides the description, example, or depth that explains your paragraph’s point to readers.
  3. Wrap-up (with optional transition): 1-3 sentences that end your point; may begin to transition to your next topic.

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Poetry Essay Sources: Library Database Article

This post provides information about the library database article requirement of the Poetry Essay, specific to my ENG 1002 course.  Students are expected to use at least 1 peer-reviewed article retrieved from an IVCC library research database and at least 1 article from a credible Internet source; a maximum of 3 secondary sources is allowed.

General Suggestion: 1) copy/paste the permalink or document URL for each article you believe you will use as evidence in your essay 2) download/email yourself the PDF (when available) and 3) print the article. This will allow you to troubleshoot Internet access issues.

Students are also required to choose one or two poems from the textbook or from the PoetryFoundation.org archive in order to explain how the themes, content, characters, and/or language of the poem represent a social issue (a social movement or trend is also allowed).

List of Commonly Used Library Databases 

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Poetry Essay Sources: Credible Internet Sites

This post provides information about the credible Internet article requirement of the Poetry Essay, specific to my ENG 1002 course. Students are expected to use at least 1 peer-reviewed article retrieved from an IVCC library research database and at least 1 article from a credible Internet source; a maximum of 3 secondary sources is allowed.

General Suggestion: print the article(s) you believe you will use as evidence in your essay. Saving a link is fine, but having the printed copy will allow you to trouble-shoot Internet access issues and the event that a free sites moves to paid accounts.

Students are also required to choose one or two poems from the textbook or from the PoetryFoundation.org archive in order to explain how the themes, content, characters, and/or language of the poem represent a social issue (a social movement or trend is also allowed).

 

Choosing Credible Sources

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