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Good writers are not born; they are made. Producing a quality piece of writing - whether it be a novel, a screenplay, a poem, or an editorial - takes time and effort. There are many different formulas for the writing process, but the basic steps involve prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Good writers who follow these steps can ensure a product to be proud of.

Steps of the Writing Process

Storyboards can be wonderful support in the writing process. Naturally, the storyboard software cannot fine-tune sentence structure or proofread for weak diction, but it can provide a helpful platform for developing and presenting ideas. Writers can turn to the rich pool of graphics for inspiration and the varied layout styles for organization. Storyboard That is particularly well suited to help with the prewriting stages, but it can also serve as a medium for drafting and even publication of your final product.

*Tip for Teachers: Use storyboards to teach the writing process itself. Adapt the storyboard above to your classroom needs. Consider turning it into a worksheet by printing off the images with empty text boxes and asking your students to fill in the steps and descriptions.


Brainstorming and Prewriting

Often the process of getting started on a writing project is the most challenging part. Brainstorming can be daunting for those confronted only with a blank page. Instead of writing down ideas, consider using pictures to conjure up a story or sort out an argument. Simply drag and drop pictures as topics come to mind, or browse through the images and scenes for ideas. For more brainstorming space, increase the cell size of the square. Storyboard That’s vivid graphics will help bring your thoughts to life!

Organization and Drafting

The various layouts that Storyboard That offers make useful tools for organizing and presenting ideas. Depending on the genre of your writing project, the storyboards can function as prewriting tools, preliminary drafts, or even published versions of your work. Continue reading to learn how storyboards can support each of the four different kinds of writing: narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive.


Narratives

Storyboards are excellent for preparing narrative stories, either with a brief story outline in the form of a plot diagram or with an extended graphic depiction of the story using as many squares as necessary. The traditional storyboard layout is perfect for narrative writing. The first sample below demonstrates a basic plot outline for a personal narrative. This functions as a helpful prewriting guide. The second shows a piece of a lengthier graphic novel. In the latter case, the storyboard itself is the final product.

*Tip for Teachers: Have students submit a storyboard plot outline for their narrative assignments before drafting. This is a quick way to assess the logic of their story arcs and suggest necessary changes before students have invested too many writing hours.


Descriptive Writing

Storyboards can also be adapted to facilitate descriptive writing practice. Build a highly detailed scene or upload an image of your own and use the visual aid to prompt descriptive details. Add text boxes to brainstorm possible descriptive details to include in a your draft. The storyboard below shows a sample scene with a focus on three types of sensory details.

*Tip for Teachers: Design a scene to emphasize particular sensory details you may be practicing in class. Then ask students to describe the scene with as much imagery as possible. Vary the activity by having students describe a single example of imagery in multiple ways or requiring them to use figurative language in all of their descriptions.


Expository and Persuasive Writing

By editing the traditional storyboard layout or using the spider map, grid, or T-Chart, writers can organize and categorize ideas for expository and persuasive writing.

For something like a step-by-step process paragraph, a storyboard row or column is the best layout. This arrangement provides a simple way to present an illustrated tutorial or instructional overview. Transfer it easily to a PowerPoint to present to a group.

*Tip for Teachers: Get students to practice using appropriate transitions by adding a transitions text box to the top of each square.

To organize persuasive or expository ideas topically, a spider map is helpful. This visual cluster is ideal for planning out broad topics in an essay or specific supporting examples in a paragraph. If the storyboard represents only a paragraph, the textual explanations beneath each illustration can easily be joined together with transitions to create a unified passage.

*Tip for Teachers: To facilitate strong essays, have students design storyboards with supporting examples for just a single paragraph, then share their ideas with the class. This way, students will view a variety of suggestions for their own essays.



Publication

After brainstorming and planning out your ideas, you may find that Storyboard That is the perfect place to display them to your audience. Download your squares as slides in a PowerPoint or print out your projects like pages in a comic book or instructions manual. If these options don’t suit your needs, simply use storyboards as a guide while you move on to another publication medium. Whether storyboards are just stepping stones on your writing journey or the end goal, we hope they can make your writing process a more enjoyable experience.

Next Steps

If you want to bring the writing process offline, or create digital worksheets for your students (especially if they need some guidance on outlining or pre-writing), you can create your own worksheets! We put together templates to get you started so you can get your students writing right away!



How to Effectively Teach Editing Skills to Students

1

IDENTIFY KEY EDITING SKILLS

Identify the specific editing skills that students need to develop, such as grammar rules, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and sentence structure. Determine the grade-appropriate standards or learning objectives related to editing skills.

2

PLAN ENGAGING LESSONS

Design engaging lessons and activities to teach students the identified editing skills. Incorporate a variety of instructional strategies, including direct instruction, modeling, interactive exercises, and collaborative tasks. Utilize authentic writing samples or student work to illustrate editing concepts and demonstrate the impact of proper editing on writing quality.

3

TEACH EDITING STRATEGIES

Introduce effective editing strategies to help students identify and correct errors in their writing. Provide clear explanations and examples of common errors and corresponding editing techniques. Teach students how to analyze their writing critically, focusing on structure, coherence, clarity, and style, in addition to grammatical correctness.

4

PROVIDE PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES

Offer ample practice opportunities for students to apply the editing skills they have learned. Provide a variety of writing exercises, worksheets, or editing checklists to engage students in editing their own work or peer work. Encourage students to revise and edit their writing multiple times, emphasizing the iterative nature of the editing process.

5

DEVELOP PROOFREADING ABILITIES

Guide students in developing effective proofreading abilities by teaching them to review their writing meticulously for errors, inconsistencies, and typographical mistakes. Share techniques for checking for errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization, as well as ensuring clarity, coherence, and smooth sentence structure.

6

UTILIZE EDITING TOOLS

Familiarize students with editing tools that can aid in the editing process, such as spelling and grammar checkers, online resources, or editing software. Teach students how to effectively use these tools while also emphasizing the importance of human proofreading and critical thinking.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Writing Process

How can I make the revision process more enjoyable and engaging when I'm writing?

To make the revision process more enjoyable and engaging, try using different colored pens or highlighters to make notes and edits on your writing. You could also ask a friend or peer to read your work and give you feedback, which can make the process more interactive and collaborative. Additionally, consider taking breaks between revisions to clear your mind and come back to your work with fresh eyes. Finally, try to focus on the progress you're making rather than the mistakes you're correcting, and take pride in the improvements you're making to your writing.

How do I know when my writing is ready to be published?

You can determine whether your writing is ready to be published by reviewing it carefully and objectively. One approach is to read your writing out loud to yourself or someone else, which can help you identify any awkward sentences or phrases. Additionally, consider asking a friend or peer to review your work and provide feedback. When reviewing your work, look for areas that need improvement, such as clarity, organization, and tone. If your writing meets your desired standards and effectively communicates your message, it may be ready to be published. Remember, it's okay to make changes and revisions along the way, so don't be afraid to continue working on your writing until you feel confident in sharing it with others.

What can I do if I'm experiencing writer's block?

If you're experiencing writer's block, there are several strategies you can try to help overcome it. One approach is to take a break from your writing and engage in a different activity for a while, such as going for a walk or practicing mindfulness. This can help clear your mind and allow you to approach your writing from a fresh perspective. You could also try freewriting, where you write whatever comes to mind without worrying about structure or grammar, to help generate new ideas. Another strategy is to set small, achievable goals for yourself, such as writing for 10 minutes a day or completing a specific section of your work. Finally, try not to put too much pressure on yourself and remember that writer's block is a common experience for many writers. With time and practice, you can overcome it and continue to develop your writing skills.

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