The Draft Stage

When writing the first draft of your paper, you are trying to discover your thinking and explore the ideas you have developed. At this stage, you should use your working thesis to plan your organization and develop your thoughts. You should be able to answer the following questions with authority.

Checklist for the Working Thesis
 
  Can I state the thesis specifically and summarize the one main idea to discuss?
  Does my thesis statement suggest my writing strategy and which patterns I might use to develop my ideas?
  Can I support my thesis with evidence from class readings, research notes, experience, or all of these?
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In the draft stage, use your working thesis to plan your paper's organization and develop your thoughts.

 

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