What Now? Now, that you are done with your outline, how should you get started?
Basic Format zMLA paper format (look at your assignment sheet) zTimes New Roman 12 pt. Font zDouble Spaced zWorks Cited Page (follow the model I gave you) zNo I/you/our/we/us/my/me etc.
Drafting zThesis: yBe sure that you have a clear thesis before you start your draft. You need to know what you are arguing before you can start to argue it! yBe sure your thesis is as broad or narrow as it needs to be. Make sure it encompasses all your points – but isnt too vague or general. yIf you have a thesis but dont like the exact wording – that is OK. You may be inspired as you write.
Introduction zDraws the reader in and gets his/her attention zIntroduces the main topic and leads up to the thesis yUsually written AFTER your body paragraphs
Supporting Paragraphs zYou dont have to write your body paragraphs in the order they appear on your outline. Choose the paragraph you feel you can write the best and do that one first. Then, work your way around to all the others. zPresent your arguments in a logical order. Choose an order that is appropriate for your book and thesis. zTransition between your ideas smoothly.
Evidence zCritical to the success of your paragraphs ýUse quotes from your research to support your arguments ýYou should be using 3-5 quotes per page (depending on length) ýFocus on using more shorter quotes instead of 1 or 2 longer quotes.
Evidence (cont.) zSandwich your quotes (1) State your point in your own words (2) Provide the quote (3) Analyze the quote and how it connects to your main point.
Evidence (cont). zYour sandwich should NOT look like this. Your quote should not be the longest part of the paragraph. The quote is only there to support your main point.
Quotations zAll secondary materialwhether quoted or paraphrasedmust be attributed to a source. zUse MLA in-text citations. y(Authors last name #) y(Authors last name NA) y(First word in the title #)
Conclusion zShould do more than simply restate the main points. zLeave the reader with something to think about yUse a provocative quote yCreate an image in the readers mind yReturn to the image/story from your into
Conferences zYour draft is due THE DAY YOURE ASSIGNED. I need a day to read your paper before we can talk about it. zThe next day well discuss it so you understand all the items Ive marked. Please make sure you know your due date!
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