One of the biggest challenges in writing a paper is coming up with ideas. Your instructor may have given you a
general topic to work with, but how can you narrow that topic? Once narrowed, how do you come up with ideas for
your paper? Do you even know what you believe or feel about the topic? To help you overcome these common obstacles,
this workshop will focus on the prewriting stage of the writing process and give you strategies you can use to generate
ideas for your writing projects.
By the end of this activity, you will be able to:
In this activity, you will do the following:
- Explain the importance of the prewriting stage of the writing process
- Describe various prewriting strategies (asking questions, brainstorming, clustering, freewriting, talking it out)
- Select and apply prewriting strategies to writing tasks
Let's get started!
If at any time you need help please ask a tutor.
- You will view a brief slide presentation.
- You will complete a series of exercises based on the presentation.
- You will briefly reflect on what you have learned in this workshop.
First you'll need make sure you have the
handouts this activity. If you don't, ask a tutor to help you.
Once you have the handouts in front of you, view this
presentation. Please view the slide presentation now, and then use the
worksheet to complete the activities. NOTE: Some exercises require that you
work with a partner do a role-play. Please ask a tutor to be your partner for
The last step is to complete the self-reflection exercise
and go over your answers with a tutor
That's it. You are done!
Thank you for completing this guided learning activity.