• Let's begin with a discussion of the Alexie reading. What questions do you have about his narrative?
  • Take a minute to reflect on the reading again. What kind of literacy experiences did you write about that are similar to or dissimilar from Alexie's? Do your examples provide any insight to your identity as a writer, like Alexie's do? If so, have you included any discussion of that significance in your writing so far?
  • Freewrite for 5-10 minutes about these considerations.

The Process

  • For the rest of the class time, we'll be discussing (organizing, if you will) how writing fits into a particular series of events called The Writing Process.
  • Steps in the Process:
  1. Invention
  2. Formative Writing
  3. Drafting
  4. Review/Revision
  5. Editing
  • Important ideas to remember:
    • Invention - There are no wrong ideas. This stage should be as inclusive as possible.
    • Formative Writing - This is an organizational stage. Outlining and Clustering, among other techniques, can help sort through the initial ideas and put them into the context of the assignment by focusing them toward particular goals.
    • Drafting - At this stage, you should be making a more coherent text out of your ideas, but you should also allow new ideas to occur, be willing to rearrange, and keep an open mind to the fluidity of your document. (Let's discuss Shitty First Drafts!)
    • Review/Revision - This stage should provide an opportunity to step back from your writing and gain perspective on what is working and what isn't. At this stage, clear goals should be set for keeping or eliminating content.
    • Editing - This is (finally) when you should adjust for sentence structure, grammar, syntax, etc. to create a polished piece of work. Remember that no text is ever truly finalized, but that by editing, we are shaping a text into a publishable state.
  • Questions? Concerns?

History Essay Practice


  • Complete a draft of your Literacy Autobiography for peer review on Friday!
  • Print 3 copies and bring them to class with you!