Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Writing Process, and supports the standard of developing and strengthening writing for planning, revising, and editing. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Prompt students to think of a time they wrote a text at school. Encourage them to share the steps involved, from planning to publishing. Ask:

  • What part of the writing process is the easiest for you? Why?
  • Which part of the writing process is the most challenging? Why?


  • Read the description on the Writing Process topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of the following articles: “Real Life” or “In Practice.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Assign Writing Process Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about the writing process while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a tutorial explaining how to use the writing process to write a biography of your favorite author. 
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map sequencing the steps of the writing process. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum in which each artifact represents a step in the writing process. 

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Teacher Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments