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WT 028 Writing a First Draft

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Writing a First Draft

When your mind is brimming with ideas, it’s easy to start drafting. Write a beginning, a middle, and an ending.

Start strong.

The beginning tells what you are writing about and gets your reader interested. Create a strong beginning by trying one of these strategies:

Beginning Text
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After you grab your reader’s attention, provide more fascinating details about your topic.

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Develop ideas in the middle.

In the middle part, provide lots of interesting facts and details about your topic. This paragraph tells about kites.

Middle Text
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When you write the middle, imagine telling a friend about your topic. Write down all the amazing details you would like to share. Remember that a first draft doesn’t need to be perfect. It just needs to be!

Create a strong ending.

In the ending, wrap up your ideas by giving your reader something more to think about.

Ending Text
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A strong first draft shares many wonderful ideas. It’s as fun to write as it is to read! (See page 15 for a sample first draft.)

Middle Text
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  • beginning: the first paragraph in an essay, or the first sentence in a paragraph

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  • middle: the paragraphs that develop your ideas in an essay, or the sentences that develop your ideas in a paragraph

  • ending: the last paragraph of an essay, or the last sentence of a paragraph

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