The Writing Process Vocabulary Flashcard

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prewriting
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The first stage of the writing process. Choose a topic and gather information and ideas for your writing. This includes brainstorming ideas and planning out your paper.
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word web
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A graphic organizer created by the writer during prewriting. A web is used to gather and connect facts, ideas, and concepts, and words.
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topic
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The general subject of a piece of writing.
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subtopic
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Areas that relate to the topic.
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The five “Ws”
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who? what? when? where? why?
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story map
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When you “map out” the story to organize it. The map includes characters, setting, conflict, etc.
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drafting
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The second stage in the writin process. It involves writing quickly to get all your ideas on paper.
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revising
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The third stage in the writing process. Make sure your paper says what you want it to say. Check that your writing is interesting and makes sense, and make any necessary changes to communicate ideas effectively.
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editing
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The fourth stage in the writing process. Check and correct errors in conventions (spelling, punctuation, usage, etc._
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publishing
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The last stage in the writing process. Share your writing with an audience.
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recursive
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A process that loops back over and over until the author finds his/her writing to be complete. (Writing IS recursive.)
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linear
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In a straight line. (Writing is NOT linear.)
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outline
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A “rough draft” of a report. You list what you’re going to say and in what order.
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introduction
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The first section of your paper. It is where you state your thesis.
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conclusion
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The end of your paper. It is where you sum up what you said in the paper.
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thesis
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The major point you are trying to make.
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supporting details
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They give specific information about the subtopics of your paper.
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literal
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When you understand the words exactly as they are written on the page.
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figurative
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Not a literal understanding. When you use your imagination and “figures of speech” to understand the writing.
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procrastinate
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to delay, put off until later

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