How to help your students with process writing through prewriting strategies:
1. Create a memory box containing student chosen realia (objects, pictures, letters, etc.) representing important events, people, places in their life. Cover shoe box with tack paper and allow them to place items in the box all year. They are free to share and discuss their items during writer's workshop.
2. Record a conversation. Allow students to talk about what interests them with a friend and record the conversations on a tape that is designated as their tape. They can refer to it when they need ideas.
3. Keep a prewriting notebook for drawing pictures that can be used as prompts for writing authentically.
4. Keep a class photo board with pictures of field trips, class activities or any other meaningful events that children can use to get ideas for writing.
These ideas accompany the idea that process writing takes time and must be meaningful, STRUCTURED yet enjoyable for students. They must choose their own topics in order for authentic writing to take place.