Due Date: Monday, November 19, 2018
Submission Instructions: Bring printed copy to class and submit digitally (using turnitin on courseweb)
|Item||Percentage of Semester Grade||Due Date||Link|
|Research Assignment Initial Question and Annotated Bibliography||5||Monday, October 08, 2018||Click for More Details|
|Research Assignment Introduction and Outline||10||Wednesday, October 31, 2018||Click for More Details|
|Research Assignment First Draft||15||Monday, November 19, 2018||See below|
|Research Assignment Final Draft||20||Tuesday, December 11, 2018||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).
I will use the course's primary descriptive, non-numerical rubric for this assignment. It includes the following criteria:
|Assignment Process:||Evaluates whether students have followed directions properly. All materials are turned in on time and in the right place. Assignment directions are followed. Required components are all present and submitted on time.|
|Attention to Detail in Writing:||Language shows thought, precision, and control in word choice. Uses forms of grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and syntax that are appropriate for published work. Demonstrates careful attention to proofreading. Uses key words consistently throughout the paper without changing or confusing meanings. Paper is written concisely. Correctly consistently cites external sources using Chicago style format.|
|Argument and Thesis Statement:||Demonstrates clear purpose, sophistication and originality; makes clear, sufficiently specific, and well-qualified claim about the significance of your central event.|
|Argument Structure:||Sequence of material supports thesis and purpose; progression of thought from sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph is smooth and controlled; use of meaningful transitions and the logical movement from idea to idea strengthen this progression. Includes a well-constructed introduction, body, and conclusion.|
|Effectiveness of Support and Discussion:||Evidence and examples are specific and relevant, and explanations are given that show how each piece of evidence supports the essay’s central claim; inserts source material in effective ways; demonstrates an ability to integrate sources using signal phrases and analysis; does NOT let quotations "speak for themselves."|
For this round of revisions, I will focus my comments on high priority items that will be, in my opinion, most useful to you as you revise your research paper for final submission. I will make margin comments on introductions, thesis statements, paragraph-level organization (including references to transitions, topic sentences, and paragraph length), quality of research, depth of inquiry, and the degree to which your paper successfully defends the claim articulated in the introduction. Additionally, I will comment on how successfully you seem to be integrating the historical and theoretical concepts we’ve focused on this semester. In some cases, I might make additional comments on an area of "major concern." I will grade this assignment using a check-plus, check, check-minus scale. I will provide two letter grade mappings for the assignment: the first will specify your grade on the draft. The second will provide a sense of how the item would be scored if left "as-is" on the final draft.