Reorganizing Drafts

Poor organization often destroys an otherwise good paper. After writing a first draft, individuals consider the organization of ideas, a topic discussed in the 16th handout in the 24-part Writing the Paper series. The resource covers five ways to reorganize a draft and provides specific examples of each strategy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Place learners into groups and have each group practice one strategy mentioned in the handout; share the experience with the rest of the class
  • Model one strategy a day using the same paper or topic to make it easier to see the differences
Classroom Considerations
  • If displaying using a project or interactive whiteboard, use a pointer or highlighting tool to point out key pieces of information
Pros
  • Links to other materials to introduce related concepts
  • Uses bulleted lists, bold font, and other text features to make the content easier to skim and scan
Cons
  • Suggests writing a draft first, but some strategies work best when used before writing a first draft