ASK US: What is included when you write a rough draft essay?

My end-of-year final for both my seventh and eighth graders is the same task: write an intelligent-sounding critical analysis essay of the final book(s) we've read together as a class. We prepare to write the essay in the three weeks before the final exam happens--through Socratic discussions or partner-writing tasks like the ridiculous essays, among other tricks I have up my sleeve--but they aren't allowed to even start writing their essays until the day of the final. It's a rough draft essay that I expect them to take great care with when composing it, but they know I'm less interested in their conventions and more interested in their academic voices and their unique ideas that they can back up with text evidence.

-The rough draft guidelines below outline the main ideas to be covered in your rough draft essay.

TCAP Writing Assessment
The Writing Assessments for students in grades 5, 8 and 11 are designed to measure cumulative writing skills. Students must write a rough draft essay to a specific prompt (a narrative in 5th grade, an exposition is 8th grade, and a persuasion in 11th grade). Click for more information.

SparkCollege: Writing the Rough Draft - SparkNotes

He wrote ALOT of notes on your rough draft essay which would help so much on your final essay Laura Gallop has worked with Paula Friedman at The Academic Match for the past several years as a writing advisor to high school students, assisting them with their college application essays. She enjoys the process of helping students transform a rough draft essay into a final version that showcases the student's unique strengths, passions, qualities, and character. Laura is particularly skilled at making sure the student's personal statement is reflective of his or her experiences, is grammatically correct, and is clearly written with the student's own voice.

Your rough draft doesn’t have to be perfect

But today I am nominating her for the explication "essay" she wrote for Poetry class, whichanalyizes David Citino's poem "Einstein, Placenta, the Caves of Lascaux." What's specialabout Victoria's explication is that it's written in the form of a poem, a roughly 200-line poemcomplete with footnotes. What makes this more impressive is that she wrote the final draft poemversion of her explication after writing a rough draft essay version, a developed and perfectlyserviceable essay. So the poem was perfectly gratuitous. And hence, Wylde-worthy.

It doesn’t even have to be good