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In this video, you will write a first draft of your paper.

If you wrote an outline, open it now from Google Drive.

If you are working from an outline, you already have a thesis statement...

...topic sentences...

...and supporting details.

Most essays have 3 main points: the introduction, the body, and the conclusion.

An introduction identifies the topic of the essay.

It should capture your reader’s attention and show why your topic is important.

Your introduction also contains your thesis statement, or a single sentence that states the main point of your essay.

Your thesis statement often comes at the end of your introduction.

The body of your essay includes paragraphs made of topic sentences and supporting evidence.

Check with your instructor about the length of your paper and how many paragraphs it should include.

Finally, every paper has a conclusion.

Conclusions restate your main point.

They also summarize the details and evidence you included in your paper.

To get started, open a new document.

From a new tab or window, open Google Drive.

Open a new, blank document, and name it “Paper Draft” You may want to open your outline and your draft document in separate windows and show them side-by-side.

That way, you can write your draft straight from your outline without clicking between tabs.

Or, copy and paste your outline into your draft and expand your bulleted list of ideas into full sentences and paragraphs.

To copy your outline, select all of the text you want to copy from your brainstorming document.

Select Edit and Copy.

Then, in your paper draft, select Edit and Paste.

Next, start writing.

Use complete sentences to fill out all of the sections in your outline.

Open each paragraph with a topic sentence that explains the main idea of the paragraph.

Then, write the other sentences in the paragraph to support that main point.

Don’t worry about spelling and grammar at this point. You will revise and edit this draft later.

You do not have to write your paper in order, from introduction to conclusion.

You might choose to write the introduction first, for example, so it guides you through the rest of your paper.

Or, you might write the introduction last, so you can think about how to introduce the points you already covered.

For the body of your paper, you could choose to start with the parts you have researched more heavily or know more about.

Or, tackle more difficult topics first, then write easier portions later.

With digital documents, you don’t have to worry about running out of space to reorder your text, as you do with handwritten work.

Highlight the text you want to move.

Cut, then paste the text into another part of the document.

When you have completed the first draft of your paper, move on to the next video to revise and proofread your draft.


  1. Create a new document and rename it “Paper Draft.”
  2. Turn your outline into a full draft of your paper. You may want to copy and paste your outline into the new document.
  3. Integrate the quotations and evidence you noted during your research.
  4. Cut and paste sections to reorganize your draft.