Step 2:  Drafting

 

Objectives:

 

·        To investigate and practice drafting form, technique and strategy

 

Outcomes:

 

·        To demonstrate more effective writing through the use of systematic drafting methods

 

Warm-Up:

  1. Print this topic list.  Do not read it right now!   You can use these topics to practice elements of the writing process, including drafting.  http://abeged.com/essaytopics.html

  2. Complete Writing Process Step1- Pre-Writing activities.

New Instruction:

  1. Read the following articles on the elements of drafting effective writing. 

  2. Complete at least one exercise for each article.  

    ·        You will need writing paper and a pen or pencil.

    ·        If you need a writing topic, use one from your printout (see above).

  3. Take notes and create examples for your future reference. 

·        Creating a thesis from a subject:

http://www.powa.org/thesis/subject.html

 

·        Stating your thesis (stating specifically what you will write about): http://www.powa.org/thesis/stating.html

 

·        Developing your writing:

http://www.powa.org/thesis/developing.html

 

·        Supporting your thesis (“skeleton” writing example): http://www.powa.org/thesis/supporting.html#Getting%20Inside%20an%20Idea

 

·        Explaining with examples:

(You will be asked for a name and password.  Just hit “Cancel” to go to activity) http://m253.sd40.bc.ca/palc/documents/GED/Explaining%20with%20Examples.doc

 

·        Introductions and conclusions (starting and finishing your writing):

http://www.powa.org/thesis/intros.html

 

Feedback and Review:

 

Use specific drafting technique for two classroom writings.  Afterwards, show your notes and draft to your instructor for feedback and discussion.  

·        How did using these techniques affect your writing experience? 

·        How will your writing change when you focus more on effective drafting?

 

Transfer of Knowledge or Skills:

 

1.      Apply elements of effective drafting to writing formal letters and for planning discussions, arguments, meetings, etc. 

2.      How does being thoughtful and organized BEFORE these activities change the outcome?

 

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