Due Date: Thursday, November 09, 2017
Submission Instructions: Bring printed copy to class and submit digitally (using turnitin on courseweb)
|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).