Monday, June 21, 2010

Never be satisfied with first drafts

Okay, it's a bit scary, but let your students see how a published writer revises. These are the first graphs from John Updike's fourth (and final) book in his Rabbit series, Rabbit at Rest. Revision (re-visioning) is our friend!

Leslie Wolfe-Cundiff
Centennial H.S.
Roswell, Ga.


  1. Leslie,

    About 20 years ago, I asked a class to pass in their rough drafts, and I noticed that one student did not have his assignment. When I asked him about his work, he pointed to his head and told me that his rough draft was in his head. Hahaha. That was the first time that I had heard of thinking drafts.

    So, I am guessing that you and me and the 32 others have revised and revised and well, you get the idea even with these rough drafts. And tomorrow, our little friend will come back for another visit.

    Sam Bidleman
    Bloomsburg High School
    Bloomsburg, Pa.

  2. I am realizing that students don't put forward much effort in their first drafts and wait till their final draft. Therefore, I don't have first drafts, I just have drafts, and they might have to write 5 drafts before it is ready.

  3. Leslie,

    You are right about helping the students through the writing process. It has worked wonders for me during these many days. I'll admit we did not do many drafts. It seemed like it was full speed ahead and not enough time. I will know better for the fall.

    Kellie Wagner
    Journalism & Media Academy
    Hartford, Conn.