How to Start an Essay
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.
Student Learning Outcomes
By the end of this activity, you should be able to:
- Explain the importance of the prewriting stage of the writing process
- Describe various prewriting strategies
- Select and apply prewriting strategies to writing tasks
Before you start, you'll need to make sure you that have the
handouts for this activity and the Supplemental Learning
Workbook. If you don't, ask a tutor to help you.
Begin the Activity
Once you have all the needed materials, you
may procede to the activity by clicking on the button below.
If at any time you need help, please ask a tutor.
Click here to begin.
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