Now that Marguerite has a good grip on her topic and the sources she’s going to use to write about it, she starts writing. Professor Ruppel suggested starting in the sandbox if she wasn’t comfortable editing live, but warned that spending too much time in the sandbox limits many of the unique aspects of using Wikipedia as a teaching tool, such as collaborative writing and incremental drafting.
Marguerite understands there are pros and cons to both approaches. She’s pretty comfortable, but she decides to start in the sandbox. That way, she can learn Wikipedia's rules in a safe environment before she puts it out to the world and other Wikipedians. She begins work on a 3-4 paragraph summary that will serve as the lead section for the full length article, and starts thinking about the overall structure of her article.