SparkCollege: Writing the Rough Draft - SparkNotes

Note: this turned into kind of a rough draft of an essay, and I think the part about the origin of life and complexity of the cell would be publishable in perhaps an education journal. So I welcome any comments on the argument, supporting or undermining points, etc. I don’t have my references folders handy at the moment but I have references in mind for all of the factual assertions, although more are always welcome. I’m very happy to acknowledge commentators if this does get published, or even have a coauthor if someone else is interested in working on this. Thanks!

Then, show students how to use your completed Essay Map to generate a rough draft of an essay.

Note: this turned into kind of a rough draft of an essay, and I think the part about the origin of life and complexity of the cell would be publishable in perhaps an education journal.

Your rough draft doesn’t have to be perfect

Take the rough draft of an essay you've written and assign a popular truism to it Proofs are important for ensuring accuracy not just in color reproduction, but in content management and page layout. For example, spelling and type errors, imposition issues, etc. Proofs serve many purposes, and are very important because they serve as what one could relate as the rough draft of an essay. It saves the costs of printing a final document that may contain errors or unexpected color changes.

It doesn’t even have to be good

Most students answer this question by saying, “I do.” They have been taught to write a rough draft of an essay or term paper and then to proofread it for any grammatical, structural, and mechanical errors. Most students today, in fact, rely on spell and grammar check programs to “fix” all of their issues as they produce everything from a research paper to a book review, to more complex and challenging works like a thesis, dissertation, case study and research summary.

Rough drafts:: Seven stages of writing assignments


Expository writing can be challenging for students, yet it is an important skill for them to develop and eventually master. Often, the most difficult aspects of writing an essay are getting started and maintaining an organized focus while drafting the essay. This Essay Map helps students with those challenges by providing them with an organized format that will help them generate and outline their ideas. When you introduce this graphic organizer to your students, model its use by creating an essay of a topic that is very familiar to students. Using a projector so students can watch, fill in the Essay Map as you brainstorm ideas. Then, show students how to use your completed Essay Map to generate a rough draft of an essay.Within my group of peers, there was a very strong culture of procrastination. I very rarely started a problem set or rough draft of an essay before right after dinner the night before it was due. Occasionally I would procrastinate doing an essay by working on something I enjoyed more (physics or math) even though the essay was due first. I only had to work on a set significantly ahead of time once (because I was going to San Francisco for a few days directly before the set was due), and it was quite difficult to work on the set before anyone I knew had started because there was no one to collaborate with.