Final Research Paper – First Draft Assignment
Due: November 11, 2004 (Bring 4 Copies to Class!)
This draft is your first significant effort at synthesizing sources in your own research project. While this is the first of three total drafts, do not make the mistake of assuming you need not put in much effort on this first draft. The stronger the first draft is, the stronger the second draft will be. And so on.
Guidelines for Sources and Technique
A more productive approach is to get the bulk of the “issues”, “themes”, or key points into this first draft. At this stage, think of your four sources as helping you lay out the issues and key points. (This isn’t that hard; it’s a development of the pre-proposal research draft.) Of course, it is expected that your treatment of each issue will be underdeveloped at this point (by necessity).
The major advantage of this approach is that you lay out what you see as the core points. A reader can then ask probing questions to direct revision. You can easily expand solid (but underdeveloped) “issues” by including more sources, detail, and nuance in the second and final drafts. Don’t forget to quote, paraphrase, and/or cite.
On November 11, hand in the following:
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