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How do you adjust the writing process for 2 weeks versus 2 days?
february 11, 2020
Adjust the writing process
When students are given two weeks to turn in a final, polished draft, they have the luxury of time. They can carefully pre-write, draft, and then take advantage of tools to revise and edit their work.
And while this is a powerful writer habit to learn, it’s not always an option. Within the real world, individuals have to start and finish a product within the same work day. Likewise, on a standardized test, a student has to start and finish a product in one sitting, as well.
Such scenarios require that students know how to adjust their writing-process pace to fit this shorter time frame. Such adjustments would likely include the following.
- Provide only 5-10 minutes to pre-write.
- Anticipate a shorter written product.
- Expect students to reread but only make minor changes before turning in their first-and-only draft.
Vary students’ experiences
Throughout the year, provide students with different writing circumstances. Mastering the writing process is not just about the traditional multi-day process. Students also need to demonstrate the ability to execute the same steps in an abbreviated time frame (and to do it all on a digital device).