Writing Process Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students the steps in the writing process. Set up stations for students to experience the use of graphic organizers to prewrite a narrative piece.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify and explain the steps in the writing process
  • use graphic organizers to prewrite


1 hour


  • various graphic organizers
  • writing paper or student notebooks
  • chart paper

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.5

With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


  • Prompt students to share previous writing experiences. Ask what steps they followed and strategies they used. What worked well? What was difficult?
  • Show students the lesson The Writing Process: Stages & Activities.
  • After the lesson, create a three-column chart with students outlining the steps in the writing process. Label the first column 'Stage', the second 'What the Stage Looks Like', and the third 'What the Writer Does'. Fill in each section, setting the stage for the writing process. Review portions of the video lesson as necessary.

Focusing the Lesson

Note: In place of stations, you could provide a packet of different prewriting strategy sheets to individual students to minimize movement and accommodate independent learning environments.

  • Explain to students that they will get a chance to practice several prewriting strategies on a flash draft with the theme of hero. Give students a few minutes to identify a hero they'd like to write a story about.
  • Use the time while students are thinking of a hero to set up prewriting centers/stations. Using the graphic organizers and chart paper, set up stations, each containing a different type of prewriting organizer. Include centers for a web, free writing, traditional outlining, and any other organizer your students may find useful.
  • Once a topic has been identified, tell students they'll be examining aspects of the prewriting stage by visiting different stations and using various prewriting organizers.
  • Instruct students to prewrite their hero narrative at stations they feel will help them as writers. Encourage students to visit several stations.
  • Allow students to cycle through different centers. You may choose to move students as teams or allow students to visit autonomously.
  • Reflect on the experience. Ask:
    • Which prewriting strategy did you find useful? Why?
    • How do prewriting organizers help you as a writer?
    • Would a different organizer be useful for nonfiction? Persuasive writing? Explain.


  • Ask students to write the first paragraph before the next learning session. Use the graphic organizer to guide writing.
  • Use the video lesson to frame the remainder of the writing process for your students' hero essay. Explore aspects of drafting, revising, and editing.

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