Formal Draft Essay 3

Objective: produce a revised and polished formal draft of your third essay. To produce your formal draft, you will extensively revise and develop your zero draft using ideas from our classwork and suggestions provided in my feedback.

Estimated time: 3-4 hours
Due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 4th.

IMPORTANT: Follow each of the steps in the writing assignment carefully.

Part 1—Reading

Re-read the assignments guidelines for the Scholarly Research Essay and the following writing guides:

  • Argumentation
  • Citing Sources
  • Developing and Structuring Your Argument
  • Developing Strong Claims
  • Effective Paragraphing
  • Functions of Sources
  • Strong Research Questions

Part 2—Writing

  1. Polish your summary of the film exhibit. (Paragraph 1)
  2. Write a brief paragraph in which you summarize the critical reception of the film. Make sure to cite when you quote or paraphrase. (Paragraph 2)
  3. Revise your three analysis paragraphs that you began developing in your Zero Draft: a) add evidence from the film (no more than two quotes), including timestamps; b) revise your free-written sentences from nascent thoughts to analytical writing; c) revise your claim; d) select one analysis paragraph to develop; and e) at the end of the other two of the paragraphs, list the quotes from secondary sources (Hall plus one other) you plan to include in the paragraph, along with the citations. (Paragraphs 4, 5, and 6)
  4. For the one analysis paragraph you selected to develop: a) frame and introduce quotes you selected from your secondary sources (Hall plus one) to make connections between the quotes and your analysis; b) revise your claim; and c) identify and highlight each component—claim, analysis, secondary sources, synthesis—using strategies we applied in Essay 2 and from Developing and Strengthening Analysis to Connect the Conversation.
  5. Revise your introduction and research question. Bold your research question. (Paragraph 3)
  6. Extensively revise your conclusion and your developing answer to your research question. Bold your thesis. (Paragraph 7)
  7. Include a two-line title for your essay.
  8. Write a detailed PAS outline for your essay on a separate page.
  9. Include a complete and formatted Works Cited list on a separate page using MLA style. Refer to Purdue OWL and/or the MLA Sample Paper for help with formatting your Works Cited page.
  10. On a separate page, write a self-evaluation that discusses where you most need my feedback. This self-evaluation is part of the assignment.
  11. Include an image of your graphic organizer on the last page.
  12. Go back and read the assignment steps to make sure you completed all of them.
  13. Name your file according to the protocol on page 5 of the syllabus. For example, James Baldwin would name his essay like this: BaldwinJ_E3_FormalDraft.
  14. Submit your essay as a Word document or PDF (no Google docs or Pages files) Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 4th.

Here’s a link to a Columbia University film terms glossary, in case you want to include any of the terms in your essay.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Exercise 3.4: Acknowledge and Address Counterarguments

Objective: to understand how to acknowledge and address counterarguments.

Due by 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 27th

Estimated time: 1 – 2 hours

Part 1—Reading

Part 2—Writing

In a brief paragraph, discuss why and how specific ideas in these two articles should be implemented in your research essay. Post your answer as a comment below.

Exercise 3.3: Motivating Your Argument

Objective: to understand the intellectual problem motivating you to write your argument and what will motivate your readers to consider your solution.

Estimated time: 1-2 hrs

Due by 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 22nd

Part 1—Reading

  1. Read and annotate “Motivating Your Argument” by Williams and Colomb.
  2. Read and annotate the Model Essay.

Part 2—Writing

  1. In a few sentences, describe the intellectual problem you’re exploring in your film. What are the consequences of that intellectual problem? What are potential solutions?
  2. Identify three strategies you noticed in the Model Essay that you want to implement in your own.

Post your answers to both questions as ONE comment below.

Part 3—Journal 3.2 (private writing): How has your research question changed now that you have written your Zero Draft?

Part 4—Journal 3.3 (private writing): How has the research you’ve done on sources influenced your motivation for your argument?

Essay 3 Zero Draft

Objective: produce a very rough draft (a “zero draft”) of your third essay. This will help you analyze raw material (i.e. evidence and rough ideas) that can be refined and further developed in your formal draft. This will also help you to recognize what further research needs to be done.

Estimated time: 2–3 hours
Due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 20th 

If you did not complete the Google Classroom work for Essay 3, do that before proceeding with this assignment.

Assignment: Write a zero draft of 3 to 4 pages in which you begin to work toward an answer to your research question. Your main focus should be to analyze specific parts of your exhibit.

  1. Incorporate any revisions to your summary that you worked on in our Google Classroom. If you need to, review the Citing Sources writing guide. This part of your zero draft should be polished. (Paragraph 1)
  2. Draft three analysis paragraphs to analyze the specific scenes that you isolated in your work on Google Classroom. Make sure to include the time stamps when you quote the scenes. (Paragraphs 3, 4, and 5)
    This part of your zero draft should be rough and messy. I want you to explore *ideas* and not worry about making (or fixing) grammatical mistakes. You may use a combination of English and other languages if you’d like. Do not go back to fix any grammatical errors. As you now know, your draft will change significantly as you continue to revise and develop your ideas.
  3. Read the Model Student Introductions and Identifying Intellectual or Interpretive Problems writing guides and revise your introduction you worked on in Google Classroom. This part of your zero draft should be polished. There should be no more than two central research questions and your introduction should:
    – briefly present your exhibit to your readers
    – describe the intellectual or interpretive problem you’ve observed
    – ask the central question that you will try to answer in your essay
    (Paragraph 2)
  4. In the final paragraph of your zero draft, use as many sentences as you need to think through your developing answer to your research question. (Paragraph 6)
  5. Include a separate Works Cited page at the end of your draft to include the sources you researched in the library—even though you’re not including them in this draft. Use Purdue OWL as a reference for MLA format.
  6. On a separate page, write a self-evaluation that discusses where you most need my feedback. This self-evaluation is part of the assignment.
  7. Name your file according to the protocol on page 5 of the syllabus. For example, Stuart Hall would name this essay like this: HallS_E3_ZeroDraft.
  8. Submit your essay as a Word document or PDF (no Google docs or Pages files) Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 20th.

As always, email me with any questions.