Drafting Your Text
Before completing this assignment, please review the studies for information about using freewrite techniques and writing resources to prepare your draft.
For this unit, collect your drafts, research, writing plan, and outlines. Then, craft a 58 page draft of your text for submission. Consider this draft another stage of the writing process; it is not yet a polished draft.
In your draft you should:
Provide necessary context in the introduction to transition the reader into the thesis.
Include support literature that effectively leads to your topic argument.
Articulate a thesis that describes a gap or niche in the literature that your argument can fill.
Support the main points of the paper with evidence.
Completely present your paper’s argument so your peer reviewer can give you useful feedback on your draft.
Note: Your instructor may also use the Writing Feedback Tool to give you feedback on your writing. In the tool, click the linked resources for helpful writing information.
Introduce the thesis within the context for the appropriate audience.
Incorporate evidence with a coherent placement that supports the structure of arguments.
Present a clear and complete argument.
Utilize proper mechanics including spelling, grammar, and APA formatting.
The first step to drafting is to start writing. A good way to begin is to freewrite. Freewriting is a timed exercise where you let your mind and your pen go wherever is necessary.
Here is one way to start:
Give yourself five to ten minutes in a quiet space and, with your topic in mind, start writing. Don’t worry about punctuation, spelling, or sentence structure. Just get your thoughts onto paper.
Do this a few times, and then look at the freewrites to spot those comments that expose important themes and areas in your topic.
Next, take your freewrites and your outlines and start writing. Again, don’t worry about punctuation, spelling, or sentence structure.
The point of drafting is to concentrate on the ideas and focus of the paper, not on making it perfect.
When do I use my sources and quotes?
If you haven’t included information and quotes from your sources in your text so far, the best method to using source material properly is to locate areas in your text where you state a claim or observation.
Do you have a quote that supports the observation? Or, perhaps you have a story or anecdote from a source that illustrates your claim or observation. Remember, you want your research to support your claims and observations, not to be tangential or unnecessary. Make sure to include the proper citations for your quotes and source material.
If you are going to paraphrase information from your sources and research, make sure you cite the source in your text.
Paraphrasing is simply restating, rewording, and summarizing someone else’s ideas, theories, or observations. This does not make those ideas, theories, or observations yours, so please cite correctly.