Writing a rough draft

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  • 1. INTRODUCTION• Remember, this is an argumentative paper, so your argument, and the strength of it is what you want to emphasize.• Make sure you’ve revised your thesis based on peer, and teacher feedback.• Put your thesis first in your introduction.• Your introduction should outline your entire paper. • A strong introduction will ensure a strong paper. • Lay out your argument in its entirety. • Mention each sub topic/argument you will explore.• I advise you to stay away from “cutesy” writing, but instead focus on clear, and concise, as we do with the essays.• Please make sure you participate in a timely manner in the wiki. • This is valuable feedback
  • 2. FROM OUTLINE TO ROUGH DRAFT• If you use your revised outline to write your introduction, you have a clear idea of where your paper will go.• As you start to write, be sure you’re using MLA format. • Use the resources provided to ensure you set up your paper in this format• Use the suggestion of making each Roman numeral a new page, this will help you to organize your thoughts• Be sure to cite as you write • This will avoid “accidental” plagiarism and make sure you’re not searching for sources later• Make sure each paragraph has a clear topic sentence that tells me what the paragraph is about, and what your argument is
  • 3. WRITING• For this first draft, there are a couple of tips: • At first, just focus on getting your thoughts down. • If you’ve used your outline, this will ensure good organization. • Once you’ve gotten a very rough draft, I suggest that you leave it for a day or so. • Then come back to it (I suggest printing out a hard copy), sit down with a pen, and read it out loud. • You will often catch mistakes read out loud, you might not reading silently • This will also let you see if the argument flows, or makes sense • Make notes in the margins, and on the paper as you go • Then, go in and correct these notes • You want this to be the best first draft possible