Introduction to Prewriting

Prewriting is the activity or combination of activities a writer may perform to expand, sharpen, or review an idea. Although it often comes in the early stages of writing, prewriting can occur at any point in the writing process.

Prewriting is most effective when a writer has a good grasp of the topic, audience, and purpose for a writing assignment.


This video explains strategies for exploring your topic, evaluating your ideas, and bringing your thoughts into focus.

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The study pages include more in-depth information about the various elements of prewriting. They also include examples of how to generate ideas, focus your thoughts, and evaluate the information you produce. Read through the study pages before taking the post-test.

This unit does not include a LearningCurve activity.

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