“So I finished my first draft!” “Good for you.” “Now what?”
“So I finished my first draft!” “Good for you.” “Now what?” 1) First thing to do when revising a draft: • Ask yourself, “What is my purpose, and how well does my current draft complete that purpose?” • “What are the strong and weak elements of the piece that affect how well my purpose is expressed?” 2) Second thing to ask: “Does my draft complete the requirements?” • Does it tell a single, cohesive story? • Does the story have a moral message? • All FOUR writing tools involved? 3) Third thing to do: Decide which specific revisions need to be made. • “Do I need to focus on one particular section or the unity of the work as a whole? What changes to that section need to take place?” • “What should I add to impact my piece? Is there anything I should take out? What should I adjust?” The Final Cut: Perfecting your paper Title your paper Take a cliché and alter it to your paper. • “The Lion, the Witch, and the Hairdryer” • “I Was the Best of Teens, I Was the Worst of Teens” No Unnecessary Question Marks: Pineapples??? A Day at Laser Tag??? Grammar, Spelling Punctuation…yes, it counts Read it out loud. Note punctuation: Comma Rules! Dialogue and Quotation marks Paragraphs help, you know. Circle things you aren’t sure about and ASK!!! Finally, Get Feedback Read it to yourself. Get a friend to read it. Get Mr. C to read it. Get another teacher to read it. Get a parent to read it. Read it to yourself again. When you’re done With your new draft, start the revision process over again!