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Answered By: BethMarie Gooding
Last Updated: May 27, 2016     Views: 394

A rough draft is a version of your paper that is complete but not polished. It's a good idea to write an outline before starting your rough draft, to help organize your ideas and arguments.

A rough draft should contain your thesis statement (in your introduction), the body of your paper (supports your thesis statement) and your conclusion. 

The purpose of a rough draft is to allow you to write your paper in the form described above and then edit it or revise it, based on feedback from a tutor or the Online Writing Lab. Getting feedback on your draft allows you to create a better paper and to become a stronger writer.