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06 Writing the First Draft


Writing the First Draft Opening Page

Start-Up Activity

When students write a first draft, they connect the ideas and details that they collected during prewriting. Or to extend the comparison from the notes for page 32, writing a first draft is like putting together the parts for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. However, a first draft is just the first look at a developing writing idea rather than a finished product.

This chapter provides tips for writing the beginning, middle, and ending parts of a draft. Page 34 gives two ways to begin a first draft. Emphasize that students should try to make their beginnings interesting and fun to read.

Have students practice writing interesting beginnings for a writing topic of their choice, perhaps one they chose during prewriting. Encourage them to model the sample beginnings on this page, using their own topics. Demonstrate sentence modeling as needed.

Think About It

“I suffer through the first draft, but one that’s complete I have lots of fun with my characters.”

—Judy Blume

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Write the Middle and Ending

When you discuss “Write the Middle,” emphasize that a first draft doesn’t have to be perfect. The point is that students should get all of their thoughts on paper.

When you discuss “Write the Ending,” tell students that they should spend as much time on the ending part as they do on the beginning. After all, the final idea is the very last one the reader will read.

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