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Unformatted text preview: 110 You Know This You often rehearse in advance. • Your sports team plays preseason games. • You practice what you’re going to say to someone. 8 Writing a Draft Putting Your Ideas Together Understand What a Draft Is A draft is the fi rst whole version of your ideas in writing. Do the best job you can in writing a draft, but remember that you will have a chance to make changes later. Think of your draft as a dress rehearsal for your fi nal paper. BASICS OF A GOOD DRAFT • It has a thesis statement that presents the main point. • It has primary support points that are stated in topic sentences that develop or explain the thesis statement. • It has supporting details that develop or explain each topic sentence. • It has an introduction that captures the readers’ interest and lets them know what the essay is about. • It has a conclusion that reinforces the main point and makes an observation. • It follows standard essay form (introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion) and uses complete sentences. Practice Writing a Draft The explanations and practices in this section will prepare you to write a good draft essay. ■ IDEA JOURNAL Write about practicing something important before you do the thing itself. ■ For more on thesis statements, see Chapter 5. For more on support, see Chapter 6. ¡ WRITING ESSAYS Chapter 8 • Writing a Draft 111 Draft the Body of the Essay A good fi rst step in drafting is to refer back to the plan for your essay. The plan should include your thesis statement, the primary support points for your thesis, and supporting details for your primary support points. Referring to the plan, draft complete paragraphs that support your the- sis. Each should contain a topic sentence that presents a primary support point as well as supporting details. Usually, your topic sentence should be either the fi rst or the last sentence in the paragraph. At this point, you’ll be drafting the body of your essay; you’ll write the introduction and conclu- sion later. In general, essays have at least three body paragraphs, and they may have many more, depending on your assignment and purpose. If you are having trouble with a word or sentence as you draft, make a note to come back to it and then keep going. PRACTICE 1 WRITING TOPIC SENTENCES Writing topic sentences for primary support points is a good way to start draft- ing the body of an essay. Below is an outline that appeared in Practice 1 of Chapter 7. Convert each of the primary support points into a topic sentence that supports the thesis. You can make up details if you’d like. THESIS STATEMENT: Being a good customer service representative in a re- tail store requires several important skills....
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