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WT 011 Understanding Writing

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Understanding Writing

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"Writing opens up the whole world to me!”

That’s what student writer Vera Moretti says about her favorite hobby. She goes on to explain::

"If I write about dogs, I learn about them and think how they think. I’m surrounded by dogs! If I write about family or friends, I get closer to them. I can write about dragons and ride them through the sky!”

Writing Builds Your Brain

Writing lets Vera think new thoughts and examine old ideas and have adventures. It leads her on journeys in her own mind and lets her take others with her.

What can writing do for you? As you travel through these pages, you’ll find out! Write on Track helps you learn all about writing.

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The Writing Process

Writers like Vera use the writing process. They think up new ideas and put them down in words. They read and rework their writing until it is ready to share. This process helps Vera do her best work, and it will help you create writing that’s really worth reading!


  • Select a topic.
  • Gather ideas about the topic.
  • Focus ideas and decide on main points.

Writing a Draft

  • Express ideas in sentences and paragraphs.
  • Organize paragraphs into a beginning, a middle, and an ending.

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  • Reread the first draft.
  • Share the draft with another person.
  • Add, cut, and rework.
  • Improve ideas and organization.

Editing & Proofreading

  • Fix any problems with words and sentences.
  • Correct errors in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
  • Create a neat final copy.
  • Check one last time for errors.


  • Let others read the writing.
  • Share it in class or outside of school.
  • Try other ideas from pages 40–45.
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  • writing process: steps that lead to strong writing: prewriting, writing, revising, editing, and publishing

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