Persuasive Writing & Classification -
Letter of Recommendation
This page updated: 4/24/2020
Drafting: Rough Draft
You will use MI Write to turn your writing scaffold into a rough draft. This is also where you will complete the revise & edit stages of the writing process.
What contest did you choose?
Do you have GREAT examples for each category that SHOWS your nominee is the BEST fit for the award?
Do you have an introduction that covers the requirements item in the contest document?
Is your statement of claim strong and convincing?
You will use your depth of knowledge at the NEED TO KNOW or NICE TO KNOW levels to persuade the contest committee that your nominee (or nominees) fit the categories and qualities spelled out in the contest document.
Your audience is a committee of people who review all the letters of recommendation that come in for nominees. This committee gets many letters, so your letter (and nominee) must stand out above all the rest.
1. BE SURE your writing scaffold is complete. Remember, the more time you spend on the writing scaffold the easier creating a rough draft will be, and the faster you will generate a final piece of writing.
2. Also, your brainstorming and writing scaffold must be submitted. It is part of your class grade. Remember to generate MORE EXAMPLES than you need, just in case you have to add them to increase your scores.
3. Log into MI Write
Your user name will be your WTS login (firstnamelastinitialwts)
Your password will be your last name (lastname)
if your last name is less than 5 letters long, add "wts" to the end of it
4. Choose your class.
5. Go to "practice" to find your writing prompt.
6. Choose "begin writing."
7. Turn off the timer.
8. Copy and paste column #2 of your writing scaffold into the text box.
9. Use the following check list as you go through the pasted text. Fix sentence parts and create a variety of sentence types in the text. The more effort you put into this step, the easier (and faster) your rough draft will come together. Check off items as you go along.
10. Erase the scaffold framework so you have only your words in paragraph form.
11. "Submit" your writing even though you still need to revise and edit. By submitting, Mrs. G. can see your work and offer suggestions. Always "submit" rather than "save and quit"; Mrs. G. can not see your writing if you "save and quit."
12. Your goal is to get 2.75 or higher in your first 3 drafts. Your final goal will be to earn 3.5 or higher on your final draft for all.
13. Just a reminder that you will actually submit an email to Mrs. G. Be sure to read the contest documents to see the email address and subject line instructions.