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HATCHING
NEW
IDEAS!


SOURCES OF INSPIRATION - How do I get ideas in the first place?

  • magazines/newspapers/periodicals/CD-ROM
  • conduct an interview based on your topic
  • media - radio, tv, internet
  • experiences
  • film - movies and documentaries
  • music
  • visual art - observing or creating
  • dreams
  • memories
  • discussion and brainstorming
  • responding to literature
  • role playing
  • research
  • imagination
  • personal interest inventories
  • class interest inventory
  • other


TIPS - What ways can I prewrite?

  • free writing
  • journalling
  • image streaming (transplant yourself
    to another place or time and describe 
    from a first person point of view)
  • lists
  • visualization
  • brainstorming - individually or as a group
  • webbing/mapping/clustering
  • graphic organizers
  • topic or word chart


PRINT AND USE PREWRITING STRATEGIES

Graphic Organizers are brainstorming webs, mind maps and other
charts that allow you to organize your thoughts and ideas.  
There are many different types to choose from.  Pick
the one that is best suited to your topic.

http://www.angelfire.com/wi/writingprocess/specificgos.html

Come Aboard a R.A.F.T. - Role, Audience, Format, Topic,
Strong Verb, a prewriting strategy

http://www.geocities.com/writingprocess/rafts.htm

Descriptive Word Prompters - to help with description

http://www.angelfire.com/ab/westmounthaiku/describe.html

Five Senses Chart - brainstorm the five senses in a chart
like this

http://www.angelfire.com/ab/westmounthaiku/fivesenses.html

Ten Prewriting Exercises for Personal Narratives

http://www.daedalus.com/teach/tens/08_22_98.html

More Prewriting Ideas

http://www3.sk.sympatico.ca/fiss/pre-writ.htm

The P.O.W.E.R.S. of Writing: A Student's Guide to the
Writing Process
- More prewriting suggestions

http://www.people.virginia.edu/~cay2f/powers/#Process

 

Maintained by A.E. Lipkewich  Westmount School  
writingprocess@canada.com  Revised February 17, 2001