Essay 3: Final Draft

Objective: produce a revised and polished final draft of your scholarly research essay. To produce your final draft, you will extensively revise and develop your formal draft using lessons and strategies learned in class and suggestions provided in my feedback and from your peers.
Due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, December 19th
Use the following list as a checklist to create your final draft.
– Read the guidelines for the Scholarly Research Essay and the guidelines in the syllabus for naming and formatting essay drafts
– Incorporate my feedback from your formal draft.
– Follow all formatting guidelines outlined in the syllabus, including MLA format.
– Provide an original title for your essay (two lines: line 1 hooks your reader, and line 2 indicates your argument).
– Underline your thesis and the topic sentence of every paragraph. Use simple sentence structure to make sure that your ideas are clear for your reader.
– Thoroughly analyze your exhibit to be in conversation with at least two different types of sources (theoretical, argument, contextual) in each of your analysis paragraphs. Your film is not a source, but evidence. Again, the model scholarly lens essay is a helpful sample.
– Include a conclusion paragraph that synthesizes your argument.
– Include a complete and formatted Works Cited list on a separate page using MLA style. Refer to Purdue OWL for help with this. Don’t forget to include your film on the list!
– Include a self-evaluation on a separate page in which you explain how you used previous draft feedback to guide your revision choices. Name the handouts or model essays you reviewed during your revision process and list any outside help you used e.g. the Writing Center, Language Lab tutoring, classmates, family.
– Name your final draft correctly and submit it as a Word document to Dropbox.
Late submissions will receive grade reductions as outlined in the syllabus. NB Grades are due December 31st, so no submissions will be accepted after December 28th.
Here’s a link to a Columbia University film terms glossary, for your reference, in case you want to include any of the terms in your essay.
As always, email me if you have any questions.

Essay 3: Formal Draft

Objective: produce a revised formal draft of your third essay. To produce your formal draft, you will extensively revise and develop your zero draft using ideas from class and suggestions provided in my feedback.
Estimated time: 3-4 hours
Due by 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 11th
Assignment
1. Read the guidelines for the Scholarly Research Essay, the model scholarly lens essay, and the guidelines in the syllabus for naming and formatting essay drafts.
2. Revise your zero draft into a polished formal draft of 4-5 pages. Analyze your central question(s) closely to determine what type of theoretical and critical sources you must introduce and use in your essay. In other words, you need to begin incorporating your sources into this draft. Try to use one of the paths of analysis discussed in class on Wednesday. End your draft with your tentative thesis in bold.
3. Underline the topic sentence/claim in each of your analysis paragraphs.
4. Include a working title for your essay.
5. Include a complete and formatted Works Cited list on a separate page using MLA style. Refer to Purdue OWL for help with this.
6. Write a detailed PAS outline for your essay on a separate page. (Review the Effective Paragraphing handout.)
7. Include a self-evaluation that discusses your writing/revision process on a separate page.
8. Name your Word document as explained in the course syllabus and then submit it to Dropbox.
Bring a printout of your essay to class on Monday, as we will be doing a Peer Review.

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Exercise 3.5: Counterarguments and Conversations

Objective: understand how to acknowledge and address counterarguments.
Due by 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 5th
Estimated time: 1 hour
Read “Acknowledgments and Responses” by Wayne Booth et al. Quote one idea or strategy from this reading and one from “Starting with What Others are Saying” by Gerald Graff et al. Explain what they mean and how they can help you in Essay 3. Paste as a comment below.
Come to class on Wednesday prepared to discuss why and how specific ideas in these articles should be implemented in the next draft of your research essay.