Reading and Literacy, Writing

Effectively Completing a Writing Task

Effectively Completing a Writing Task


Writer’s block—that awful feeling when you have so much to say, but just can’t seem to articulate them and put it on paper (or computer). Here’s what you can do:

1)   Brainstorm: this is your basic planning technique that takes your brilliant ideas from your head and puts them on paper. Although they may not be sorted or organized accordingly, they are there. Brainstorming can also mean having a discussion with a friend about your topic and why it is you are writing about that topic.

2)   Research (if applicable): Research on the net or in libraries, pick the brains of others, etc.

3)   Plan: Use RAFTS variables. Role, Audience, Format, Topic, Strong Purpose.

The role is when you decide from what point of view you are writing.
The audience is to whom or for whom you are writing.
The format is the type of writing you are completing, whether it be a story, an editorial, a research paper, a poem, etc.
The topic is what you are writing about.
The strong purpose is why you are writing about this topic and what you are trying to achieve in your writing.

4)   Write: In as organized a manner as possible, begin writing, using your RAFT variables.

5)   Revise/Edit: Read your work over, and over, and over again. Make any necessary changes so that the final product is exactly how you want it to be.

When teaching an English or writing class, this is a great technique to use for kids of any age.


The preceding was adapted from The Learning Triangle: Planning, Revision, and Assessment by Graham Foster, published by Pembroke Publishers.

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