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.

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