This is a continuation of my other post.  Here are the first two steps that we have learned from the conference in Shanghai.


1.  Evaluate

  • What is this assignment asking me to do?

__ Circle action words and underline key words that tell me what to do.

  • How many parts will my paper need to have?   

2.  make a Plan

  • Look at what I circled & underlined.  In this assignment, my job is to:

__ compare                  __ summarize

__ contrast                  __  retell

__ describe                  __ give information

__ persuade                 __ give an opinion

This part here will take care of the audience, purpose, and voice in writing.

  • What kind of map(s) can help me plan and organize my ideas? (draw or list them below)

This is where the Brain Frames come in.  Unfortunately, that is another workshop!  From the website:  “Brain Frames are a set of graphics that organize, but they aren’t traditional graphic organizers. They are visual-spatial displays of the patterns underlying basic things we do with language every day: tell what we know, sequence ideas, make comparisons, show contrasts, identify causes, recognize effects, categorize, and show relationships between concepts.”  You only need six Brain Frames for everything. “Forget about dittos — a blank piece of paper, a pencil, and the right strategy will do the job.”

  • Do I know enough to start writing?  __ YES  __ NO (where will I get information?)



  • What’s my goal for this paper?