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.

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