Written by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 08-08-2014
When you write a draft, you are trying to put all of your best ideas and information about the topic together in a way that will make sense to your readers.
TO BEGIN WITH:
- Use the work you've already done — i.e. your pre-writing and/or organized notes! It is the foundation upon which you build your first draft!
- Many projects need to go through several drafts before they're truly finished.
- As you work, keep thinking about WHO will be READING your work! What will they be "looking for"? In other words, write with your readers in mind!
- These days, it's usually best to do your drafting for major projects on a computer because what you type in may be easier to edit that way.
- Some people prefer drafting by hand — and some situations require it (i.e. high school or college tests). In those cases, remember to double-space your work so you've got room to make changes later on!
- Try to draw your readers "in" with an interesting introduction.
- Try to write clear sentences, to use descriptive language and to include thoughtful details. Those efforts will keep your readers interested and engaged!
- Wrap up your writing with a strong, memorable conclusion!
- If you’re using a word processor on a major project, it's a very good idea to create a "header" that automatically adds your name, the current date and a page number to the top of each page. This step makes it easier to keep track of your changes over time.
- Speech-to-print software like Dragon Dictate (for the Mac) and Dragon Naturally Speaking (for Windows) can work very well for older teens and adults. While these programs are improving all the time, the voice changes that occur during puberty can still mess them up! Moreover, users still need to be able to think and speak in complete sentences in order for them to be of much help! As a result, THRIVE does not yet use them in class or recommend them to the families of our students.