navigation bar Houghton Mifflin Social Studies Neighborhoods
Write Site Write Site

The Writing Process

These five steps are called the Writing Process. Follow the steps to write a report.

1. Prewriting

Step one is to choose the subject of your report. Then make a list of the facts that will be in the report. Fill a word web with the facts.

Tip: Who will hear or read your report? Pick a subject that people will like to learn about.

Out Country's Neighbors

2. Drafting

Step two is to write your report. Write your ideas. Add details.

Tip: In a draft, do not worry about mistakes. Just keep writing.

Out Country's Neighbors

3. Revising

Step three is making the report better. Reread your report. Add important or interesting details. Take out details that do not belong.

Tip: You can add words to make things clearer. You can take out words that do not belong.

Out Country's Neighbors

4. Proofreading

Check your report. Fix any mistakes. Begin each sentence with a capital letter. Check your spelling. Be sure that each sentence ends with the correct mark.

Tip: As you read your report, circle words you need to fix or check in a dictionary.

Out Country's Neighbors

5. Publishing

The last step is sharing your final report.

Tip: Think about who will read your report. Think about the best way to share the report with your readers.