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Rough Draft Workshop

01 Dec

Stage 1:

  • The body paragraphs start with a topic sentence (idea/argument instead of a fact)
  • The body paragraphs follow this outline:
    • TS
    • proof 1 (quotation, paraphrase, statistic)
    • explanation  (twice as long as proof)
    • proof 2 (quotation, paraphrase, statistic)
    • explanation  (twice as long as proof)
    • concluding sentence
  • All topic sentences and body paragraphs relate back to thesis
  • There are at least four sources, all points made in body paragraphs are supported by quotations or paraphrasing
  • There is a balance among research/persuasion/compare+contrast

Stage 2:

  • Check MLA (414)
  • Check Works Cited page (398, 416)
  • 3rd person only
  • Academic, formal language
  • Check capitalization errors (422).
  • Check pronouns — I/me, he/him, she/her (423).
  • Check for fragments, comma splices, and run-ons (424, 425, 426).
  • Check spelling of these words (428):
    • you’re/your
    • its/it’s
    • they’re/there/their
    • affect/effect
    • accept/except
    • than/then
    • a lot

Stage 3:

  • Write an introduction
    • hook (interest the reader with an anecdote, background info, etc.)
    • transition into thesis
    • thesis
  • Write a conclusion
    • review your main points
    • transition into last line
    • last line = so what?  why important?
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