Prewriting - This is when writers come up with their ideas and create a plan for their writing.
Drafting - This is the step where students write their draft. Writers will use their notes from the
prewriting process to guide their writing. This part of the process is for the writer!
Revising - This is the step where writers now carefully consider their audience. They attempt to see
their writing through the eyes of their reader. They reorganize, change words, rewrite
sections, etc, if they are not clearly getting their message across or impacting their
their audience the way they intend.
Editing - This is where writers are making sure they have used correct grammar. They fix spelling,
capitalization, punctuation, and grammar usage.
Publishing - This is the step where writers produce a final copy that is ready for sharing.
The middle level students are discovering how important it is to follow each step of the writing process and that it is a recursive process. This means that students may have to move about the steps out of order. For example, a student may realize that after revising they have to return to the prewriting stage to develop their ideas further.