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Writing Scaffolds

After you complete a graphic organizer to brainstorm, use a scaffold to develop your idea:  create a logical order, support your idea with examples, "show, don't tell", and develop a strong intro and conclusion. This helps you construct a strong rough draft.

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This page updated:  6/10/2020

 
 

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Opinions, Claims, Pro/Con       "What is your claim?  What proof do you have?  What are the pros/cons?  Support your claim."

 

Compare & Contrast    "How are things alike?  How are they different?"

 

Group, Categorize      "What makes these things alike?  What are the characteristics?  What group does this belong in?"

 

Mind Map, Spider, Web       "What is the general idea and supporting ideas or details?"

Video:  What are writing scaffolds?

Cause & Effect               "What makes something happen?  What happens when...?  What must happen to create a solution?"

 

Put in Order, Sequence        "What is first, second, third?   What came before?  What came after?  What are the steps?"

 

Story Writing Organizers      "What is the plot?    Who are the characters?    How does the story flow?"

The Writing Process -  Prewrite/Organize, Draft, Publish/Polish

What Are Parts of the Writing Process? 

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Prewrite /Organize

  • Brainstorm

  • Discuss

  • Organize Your Ideas in a Writing Scaffold

Drafting

  • Scaffold/Outline-to-Working-Draft

Revise

  • Improve

    • Order of Ideas, Sequence, Voice, Style, Word Choice

Editing

  • Proofread for

    • ​Spelling, Conventions (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, format)

  • Get Feedback

    • Family, Peer-edit, Instructor

 

Publish/Polish

  • Polished/Final Draft 

    • Text or Multimedia?

    • For your Audience

    • What is the Purpose?

 
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Reasons

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Intro, Body, Conclusion

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Descriptive

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Summary

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