Drafting:  Our First Rough Draft 

(using MI Write)


The Goal:  

You will use the online app called MI Write to turn your writing scaffold into a rough draft. MI Write is where you will complete the revise & edit stages of the writing process.

Remember our Essential Question (EQ)?  Take a moment and review it.   Is your topic sentence similar to your conclusion sentence?  Do they both answer the EQ?

What is MI Write?

MI Write is an online app that will help you improve your writing.  It is a word processor but more!  MI Write has a special engine built into the text editor that, when activated, will show you places in your writing that need improvement.  Each time you make revisions and edits, MI Write will re-evaluate your writing.

MI Write also uses the Six Traits of Writing to let you know what areas of writing you are strong in, and what areas you need work on.   


Watch the video to learn more about MI Write.  Then, take a look at a PowToon slideshow on the Six Traits of Writing.  We will learn more about these traits in future lessons.

This page updated:  08/16/2020


What is the Writing Process?

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1.  Before you log into MI Write, make sure your writing scaffold is complete.  At this point, you should have a completed scaffold that has had a "first-look" with regard to sentences.  Remember the checklist?

  • If you do not have a complete scaffold, or you did not use the "first-look" checklist on your scaffold, go back and finish it.  Otherwise, let's move on.

2.   Log into MI Write

  • (UPDATED 9/30) Your user name and password will be given to you by your instructor. 

4.  Choose your class

5.  Go to "practice" to find your writing prompt.  Then choose the prompt your instructor assigned


6.  Choose "Begin Writing."  Remember why you do not choose the "Prewriting" button?  Your mind map and writing scaffold are the Prewritng for this assignment, so you can go straight to "Begin Writing."

7.  Turn off the timer.

8. Copy and paste your writing scaffold into the text box.  It will look funny, but don't worry, you will be able to fix that soon.  This will count as your rough draft.

9. Revise your words and phrases into strong sentences.   

10.  Erase the scaffold framework so you have only your words in paragraph form.

11. Use the "Submit" button, even though you still need to revise and edit.  By submitting, your instructor can see your work and offer suggestions.  Always "submit" rather than "save and quit"; your instructor can not see your writing if you "save and quit."

Need to see it in action?   

To see copying and pasting your Writing Scaffold, watch this video.

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