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Drafting

By: Judy Zorfass, Tracy Gray, PowerUp WHAT WORKS

Find out how to help your students improve their writing through activities and tools that support the drafting stage. Show your students how to use technology tools to create, revise, and store their drafts in a digital writing portfolio.

Introduction

If you don’t have a first draft, then you can’t have a second draft.

What happens during the drafting stage of the writing process? Why is drafting so important? During the drafting stage of writing, a student develops a more cohesive text and explores their topic, directed by purpose, audience, genre, and content. Drafting helps students expand upon, clarify, and modify their initial plans and ideas, and it helps them organize their content into a meaningful sequence or flow. Drafting is an iterative process that involves drafting and redrafting text again and again, and through this process students’ writing improves, becoming stronger, clearer, and better organized.

To be college and career ready, students must be effective writers — that is, writers who are able to clearly communicate their ideas for a specific purpose. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) emphasize that it is important to teach students to write in all subjects, to use writing as a way to teach content, and to integrate technology into the process:

Judy Zorfass, Tracy Gray, PowerUp WHAT WORKS (2014)

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