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By Dr. Felecia Nace, Family and Community Relations Office, New Jersey Department of Education
Help support the efforts of your child’s teachers at home by using a writing process chart. The writing process involves a few simple steps that are used as a guide for creating well-developed writing skills. In other words, the writing process ensures that the writer expresses what he/she means to articulate by helping the writer avoid senseless errors.
The writing process never changes; it is the same process we all use beginning in Kindergarten and continuing throughout our adult lives. Whenever we sit down to write a letter, an email, an essay, a text message or even a simple note, we undergo a process to ensure that the message will be clear and effective. We learn at an early age that the writing process is important.
You will find that many classrooms in various grade levels and subject areas display the steps for the writing process somewhere in the classroom. The reason why many teachers post a writing process chart in classrooms other than just Language Arts classrooms is because good writing skills are expected to be exhibited in all subject areas. For example, when a child is required to write a report for a Social Studies or Science class, they are expected to write an informative, clearly written paper.
Below, please find a general writing process chart that will give you and your child an idea of how to develop good writing skills. ** Please ask your child’s teacher (s) for a copy of the writing process chart that is presently being used in your child’s classes. School districts’ writing process charts may differ slightly.
An Example of a Writing Process Chart
The more frequently your child uses the writing process steps, the greater the chances he/she will commit the steps to memory. Parent, Ketura McCutcheon of Newark, stated: “When my child was much younger, she constantly made small errors in writing. I worked with her teachers in elementary school who encouraged me to use a writing process chart, and it has been extremely helpful in making my daughter a better writer. She is now applying to colleges and uses the writing process to complete her college applications.”