Students And Prewriting

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The writing process is composed of many interrelated and equally important steps – Prewriting, Drafting, Writing, and Revising. All of these stages build off one another and guide students towards a polished final product. However, studies show that students do not necessarily devote an equal amount of time and energy to all parts; in fact, most students will only focus on one or two of the four proposed steps. One step in particular that is heavily neglected is the prewriting step. There are a number of reasons why students often opt out of this particular step, but this research paper will explore just two reasons why this negligence may take place.
The first reason has to do with a lack of understanding on how to prewrite;... View More »

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Much of it can be traced back to lack of prewriting.
The prewriting stage is one of the most important stages, yet it is the one step of the writing process that receives the least pedagogical attention. Erika Lindemann, along with many other researchers, understands the importance of prewriting. Lindemann explains how prewriting allows students to see what they already know (26). Once this is done, students can then evaluate what it is they still need to find out, or what it is they do not need to necessarily include in their own work. It is during this stage where students can work out the kinks of their own complex thoughts before putting it all down on paper. Without this step, writing can become chaotic and a lot harder than expected. To ease students into the actual writing stage of the writing process, educators must expose their students to prewriting by actually teaching it to them. They must show their students how important prewriting is and they themselves must take prewriting seriously or else their students will not. For instance, in many classrooms, teachers will not even collect any prewriting materials from students; they only want to see the finished product. When students know this, they see no point in even prewriting – why should they do extra work if it’s not being seriously accounted for? If this situation occurs over and over again, students end up not practicing the art of prewriting, or they may not even have the opportunity to simply learn how to prewrite, and eventually, the students’ writing will suffer under the scrutiny of experienced ...

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