This week, we’ll be drafting our final papers!!!
There are several different due dates within this module, since there are several components. Feel free to turn things in late if you are not able to complete them on time, with no penalty. However, those of you who have chosen to participate in peer review should honor your commitment to your groupmates and prioritize giving them feedback above other work for this course, because that impacts others, not just yourself.
Goals and Learning Objectives
- Evaluate different methods of outlining a final paper and create your own
- Begin synthesizing information learned through your research into a form appropriate for sharing with others! (In this case, an essay.)
- Practice critically evaluating writing through peer review and self-revision
- Practice your rhetorical skills by offering feedback to peers in constructive , clear, yet polite ways.
Overview of Tasks
- Orient yourself with a Writing Into the Week prompt
- Explore examples of real outlines that real undergraduates used to write final papers
- Outline your paper using one of the styles you looked at or by inventing your own outline form (due Monday April 27 by the end of the day)
- Read or Skim resources on MEAL Plan paragraph structure and incorporating evidence into paragraphs.
- Using your outline, begin drafting your paper. Turn in a partial draft via Blackboard. (Due Wednesday April 29 by the end of the day.)
- Attend optional Zoom class on Wednesday at 4:30 or watch the recorded video afterwards. I will be discussing introductions and conclusions and answering any questions you may have.
- For those of you doing peer review, write feedback for your classmates by the end of Friday May 1st.
- Read about two more rhetorical strategies and post examples/analysis of each. (Due Friday May 1 by the end of the day.)
Step 1: Writing Into the Week
Please write for 5-10 minutes on the following prompts. I encourage you to leave your response as a comment on this post.
- What aspects of writing a paper do you often find challenging? (In other words, what are your sticking points?)
- What would be helpful to have or think about in advance in order to make these aspects easier?
- Are there any particular writing topics (some aspect of grammar, or paragraph structure, style, etc.) that you would like to learn more about/get extra guidance on?
Step 2: Explore Examples of Outlines
Some of you may have already looked at these when I posted them earlier this week. For those who didn’t, please review the examples now. Decide what seems helpful or unhelpful to YOU and how YOU prefer to work as a writer.
If something seems too stressful and overwhelming? Don’t do it. If something seems like it will make writing easier for you? Do it! These are all examples, not the One Right Way to write an outline.
Step 3: Outline Your Paper
Following the instructions, write an outline for your paper. It can take any shape you want. Make something you think will HELP YOU as you begin drafting your paper. If it’s not going to be helpful, what’s the point?
It can be messy. You can write things like “Say something about ______ here.” Whatever works for you.
Step 4: Read Or Skim Resources
Some of you may already feel comfortable structuring paragraphs and incorporating evidence. Great! Some of you may be less sure. Please look over the following resources with the level of detail that you think is necessary:
Step 5: Begin Drafting Your Paper
I recommend you write until you feel Stuck, or write until you feel like you need a break and/or some feedback before you can continue. A partial draft can be as many or as few pages as you want, but it should be more substantial than your outline.
If you don’t feel ready to write the intro, that’s okay! Skip to the first body paragraph. Write what you can. This makes less work for yourself later.
When you decide your draft is as done as it’s going to be at this stage, please do the following:
- Turn it in using the Partial Draft link on Blackboard.
- If you are participating in peer review, share it with your groupmates. The form this takes will depend on the method for peer review your group has chosen. (I will be in touch with everyone who signed up soon about their groupmates and the form that works for everyone.) You may also want to include a note for your readers with specific questions you would like feedback on.
Partial drafts are due by the end of Wednesday, April 29. This due date is especially important for those doing peer review, so that you give your peers enough time to give you feedback.
Step 6: Attend Optional Zoom Class (Or Watch Video Later)
I will host another optional Zoom class on Wednesday, April 29 at 4:30pm, our usual class time. I will be discussing tips for Introductions and Conclusions as well as answering any questions you have.
I will also post a video of Zoom class to Vimeo for anyone who wants to watch it later.
Step 7: Write Feedback For Your Classmates
I will email suggested peer review prompts when I send out the group information. Please give your feedback to your classmates by the end of the day on Friday May 1, unless you and your groupmate(s) agree on another deadline amongst yourselves.
Step 8: Rhetorical Strategies
Note that emotional news is not the same as fake news, but news may play to your biases/emotions (appeals to pathos!) to convince you of something that is false or misleading.