Writing the Rough Draft Worksheet

Research Writing: Writing Process

Test your knowledge with this Rough Draft Worksheet to get a little practice in on your research writing. Through completing 10 exercises, you write a short rough draft on the provided topic, and answer a few questions about it.

Writing the Rough Draft

Instructions

Follow the instructions for each exercise as you write a short rough draft on your most embarrassing moment. Focus on three reasons it was embarrassing (one for each of three body paragraphs), and focus on transitions and forming a cohesive paper.

  • Write an introduction paragraph about the topic provided. Make sure to include a thesis statement.

  • Write the topic sentence for the first paragraph focusing on one of the reasons the experience was embarrassing.

  • Write the topic sentence for the second paragraph focusing on the second reason the experience was embarrassing.

  • Write the topic sentence for the third paragraph focusing on the third reason the experience was embarrassing.

  • Examine the three topic sentences you just wrote. If the paragraphs were placed within a paper, do they flow well? What did you do to transition well between paragraphs?

  • For your first body paragraph, write at least two sentences with supporting details to flush out the entire paragraph.

  • For your second body paragraph, write at least two sentences with supporting details to flush out the entire paragraph.

  • For your third body paragraph, write at least two sentences with supporting details to flush out the entire paragraph.

  • Write a conclusion for the topic provided.

  • Did you stay in the active voice and vary your sentence type and lengths? If not, can you identify the areas you need to revise? If yes, circle words, phrases or sentences that need reworking.