The Rough Draft
The Beginning of the End
• 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
• Then introduce your thesis statement and
end the first paragraph with the thesis
• 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.
• Avoid beginning your paper with a
question. Like, “Have you ever thought
about Breast Cancer?”
• The reader thinks, “Are you kidding?”
• 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
• 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 try and find a way to connect the
• Connections help the reader make
connections as well while examining your
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.
• 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.
• 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