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CHAPTER 4 - DRAFTING

  • Chapter 4

    This chapter goes over writing the first draft, using the basic essay structure and covers the major moves. It demonstrates how to open your draft, how to develop the middle, and finally how to end your draft. This chapter also concludes with a drafting checklist and writing activities.

  • WRITING THE FIRST DRAFT
    • Consider essentials
      • Purpose
      • Approach
      • Ideas
      • Organization
      • Voice
  • OPENING YOUR DRAFT
    • Engage your reader
      • Openings to avoid
        • Avoid obvious or worn-out expressions
        • Avoid say-nothing sentences
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    • Establish your direction
    • Get to the point
      • Narrow your focus
      • Raise a question
      • State your thesis
  • DEVELOPING THE MIDDLE
    • Advance your thesis
    • Test your ideas
    • Support your main points
    • Build a coherent structure
    • Use different levels of detail
  • ENDING YOUR DRAFT
    • Reassert the main point
      • Remind the reader
      • Rephrase the thesis
    • Urge the reader
      • Show implications
      • Look ahead
      • List benefits