Did your students follow the other writer’s workshop lessons to organize a narrative essay? If so, students’ graphic organizers are completed and it is time to write! Woo woo! This lesson will share teaching tips for writing rough drafts. It is STEP 2 of the writing process. These ideas are part of a scaffolding approach to writing with a series of lessons ideal for any writing curriculum.
Start off the lesson by introducing all the rough draft tips below.
- Create a specific goal for your writing.
- Just write.
- Keep your audience in mind while writing. For example, you would write in a different voice to your friends than you would for an adult.
- Don’t worry about misspelled words.
- Indent each paragraph.
- Skip lines so that you can make changes during the revising step.
Model writing a rough draft and purposely make mistakes so students see that it doesn’t matter for this stage. It is more important to get idea down and keep them flowing. Often times when students stop to make changes while they are writing, they lose their train of thought. I love when students want to correct me right away when I purposely make a mistake. I laugh and say, “It is my rough draft! It is important that I just write and not think about the mechanics! Let me write! I don’t want to lose my focus.”
3. TAKE NOTES
Have students take notes in their notebook to remind themselves how to write a rough draft in the future.
Now it is the students’ turn to write. Let your students write around the room. Getting them comfortable will ease their fears of writing.
Sharing their rough draft writing is valuable. Students will be able to hear their writing to see if it flows naturally. It will give them ideas for the revising stage.
I hope this helps you with your writing lessons!
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