Prewriting: Invention of Specifics and Discovery Worksheet

Category: Assignment Writing – Writing Process

Use this Prewriting Worksheet to brush up on narrowing your topics for assignment writing. Ten exercises have you practice different methods of prewriting to improve the organization and structure under four topics you select.

Prewriting: Invention of Specifics and Discovery

Instructions

For each of the exercises below, follow the instructions given for each to practice prewriting to develop your ideas.

  • Think of four topics about which you could write a 500-word essay or paper without doing any research. Make sure the topics are not too broad.

  • Too broad: horror movies
    vs.
    Narrowly defined: cinematograph of horror movies in the 1950s

    Topic #1_______________________________________________________________________
    Topic #2_______________________________________________________________________
    Topic #3_______________________________________________________________________
    Topic #4_______________________________________________________________________

  • Using topic #1 from the exercise #1, brainstorm to define and highlight ideas that relate to the topic.

  • What are the main ideas or points you can pull from your brainstorming?

  • Using Topic #2 from the exercise #1, freewrite to define and highlight ideas that relate to the topic.

  • What are the main ideas or points you can pull from your freewriting?

  • Using Topic #3 from exercise #1, mentally map out your ideas for the topic by drawing a map below. Using a pencil is a good idea, so you can erase when necessary.

  • What are the main ideas or points you can pull from your map?

  • Using Topic #4 from exercise #1, create a list or very or very loose outline that organizes your thoughts and ideas as they relate to the topic.

  • What are the main ideas or points you can pull from your list or outline?

  • Which method of prewriting worked best to generate the specifics within your topic? Why do you think it worked better than the others?