Students will practice taking their writing from the prewriting stage to the drafting stage; learning to focus at this stage on overall organization and “big picture” writing—saving more detailed revision and enhancing for later in the process.
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LOOK AND THINK
- Spend time looking at your brainstorming ideas and how they fit together. Do you have ideas that make sense to put together in the order the events happened? Are you talking about places, which you might organize based on location? How do your ideas make sense? Have you begun to put your ideas in some kind of order?
USE A GRAPHIC ORGANIZER
- There are many tools available to assist you with organizing your thoughts. Spend a little time checking out the different organizers in the following links, or simply create your own!
WRITE YOUR FIRST DRAFT
- Your draft should have the following elements:
- Introductory paragraph, which introduces the topic and gives the thesis statement.
- Body paragraphs which each cover one part of the topic, and give detail to explain the topic.
- An ending, which summarizes the essay and gives the reader a final thought.
- Refer back to the rubric page as you write, paying special attention to the "organization" category.
- Continue to record all of your work in your Google Doc. (Copy and Paste, hyperlink, or type directly into the document.)