Research Assignment First Draft

Due Date: Thursday, November 09, 2017

Submission Instructions: Bring printed copy to class and submit digitally (using turnitin on courseweb)

Assignment Description:

Item Percentage Due Date Link
Research Assignment Initial Question 10% Thursday, October 12, 2017 Click for More Details
Research Assignment Overview of Sources 15% Thursday, October 19, 2017 Click for More Details
Research Assignment Introduction and Outline 15% Thursday, October 26, 2017 Click for More Details
Research Assignment First Draft 20% Thursday, November 09, 2017 See Below
Research Assignment Final Draft 40% Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Click for More Details

A first draft is a crucial part of the writing process. For this step to benefit your final paper, you must begin with the idea that your draft will inevitably be revised. According to Jane E. Aaron, "Drafting is an occasion for exploration. Don't expect to transcribe solid thoughts into polished prose: solidity and polish will come with revision and editing. Instead, while drafting let the very act of writing help you find an form your meaning." 1 In other words, an initial draft prioritizes ideas over style and proceeds with the expectation that later versions of the paper will address this version's shortcomings.

The purpose of this assignment is to begin the difficult process of fleshing out sentences and paragraphs that correspond to your outline. Although any aspect of this version of the paper might change down the road, the paper should read like a paper from beginning to end. There should be no bullet points or notes that say "insert transition here" in the version you turn in as your first draft. Instead, take an initial stab at a sentence representing that bullet point, or articulate some version of the transition you know is needed (and feel free to write yourself a note to go back to it when you revise).

Your work must be:
  1. Typed in 12 point Times New Roman font
  2. Double spaced
  3. Stapled
  4. Handed in on time
  5. A full draft of your work comprised of complete sentences and paragraphs
  6. About eight pages long
Your submission must have:
  1. Numbered pages if longer than one page
  2. Proper citations. Use Chicago style citations (consult a handbook or see me if you have questions about how to do this).
  3. A fully articulated introduction and conclusion
  4. An original title


  1. Aaron, Jane E. The Little, Brown Compact Handbook 3rd edition. Longman, 1997. 19.