Thursday, December 18, 2014

Published Authors Write Rough Drafts Too

We explored the rough draft of a published author.


Writing is often fun for kids until it's time to take a rough draft to the next step. After all, they read lots of books and they all look great. The kids never get the opportunity to see the rough drafts from published authors.

Unfortunately Dr. Seuss died before he had the chance to complete the story which was eventually published under the title Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! Fortunately for us, not only was the story celebrating alternative teachers completed, but the published version contains Dr. Seuss's rough draft.


The story from Dr. Seuss was in fact in a very rough form. It contained sketches and verses and ideas for characters, but it lacked a plot. It was in more of a concept form than a rough draft. The book explains how Dr. Seuss' sketches were transformed into the published story.

This rare opportunity to see a Dr. Seuss rough draft was an eye opening experience for my children. Before this, I think they thought authors just wrote down a finished version.

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5 comments:

  1. Interesting concept for a book - and a good lesson too.

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  2. What a great idea foir the publishers to produce this and thanks for the heads up. I must try and look this one up.

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  3. Love this! Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays.

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  4. Wow. I did not know about this book. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I learned something new too. I love Dr. Seuss. I am relieved he had to write first drafts too. Thanks for sharing on the #LMMLinkup this week.

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