The Rough Draft The Beginning of the End 1st • Make sure you have completed the foundation to your paper. • Without completing the foundation in order you will have to go back to complete the process later. (DO NOT SKIP STEPS) Applying the Outline • Begin your rough draft with your thesis statement. • Then introduce your thesis statement and end the first paragraph with the thesis statement. Introducing Tips • Do not introduce your thesis with cliché lines like, “I did a paper on Breast Cancer,” “I am going to tell you about Fisherman.” • Avoid using I at all costs. “I” takes away from your professionalism. Questions • Avoid beginning your paper with a question. Like, “Have you ever thought about Breast Cancer?” • The reader thinks, “Are you kidding?” Starters • Type a rough beginning then consider a thesaurus as a starting point. • Begin with something like…”Breast cancer affects one in every three women in the United States every year.” “Fisherman are the vital organs in the system called the Chesapeake Bay.” Transitions • Between paragraphs you must transition. Let’s say that your current paragraph is about the types of fish in the bay and your next paragraph is about the types of shellfish in the bay. End you paragraph • Not only are their thirty-six kinds of fish in the bay there are twelve types of shellfish. • Begin the next like this… Of the twelve species the oyster is most commonly found along the shoreline. Always • Always try and find a way to connect the paragraph together. • Connections help the reader make connections as well while examining your paper. Continue the Process • Move from each topic fluently and transition the appropriate way. • When you are ready to close do not repeat the same sentences. Closing • Leave the reader with a sense of closure. Do not just end your paper abruptly because you are sick of writing. • Try refreshing the reader with the main point worded differently than before. Finished • If you finish early hand you paper in to a teacher for revising…if you finish on the due date or later you will only be allowed peer-revision.
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