Essay 3: Final Draft

The goal of this exercise is to produce a revised and polished final draft of your scholarly research essay. To produce your final draft, you will extensively revise and develop your formal draft using lessons and strategies learned in class and suggestions provided in my feedback and from your peers.

Due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 17th

Make sure that you:

  • follow all formatting guidelines
  • provide an original title for your essay
  • underline your thesis and the topic sentence of every paragraph
  • include a Works Cited list on a separate page at the end of the essay (make sure to include your film in the list too!)
  • include a self-evaluation on a separate page in which you explain how you used previous draft feedback to guide your revision choices. Name the handouts or model essays you reviewed during your revision process. List any outside help you used e.g. the Writing Center, Language Lab tutoring, classmates, family.
  • name your final draft correctly and submit it as a Word document to: https://www.dropbox.com/request/ibhrQLD9TmAPa4fAviw0
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Exercise 3.7

The goal of this exercise is to evaluate the structure of the formal draft of your scholarly research essay.

Due by 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 10th
Estimated time: 30 mins

Print out a copy of your formal draft of Essay 3. Underline the topic sentence of each paragraph in your draft. Evaluate each paragraph to see whether it develops and supports the single, specific idea expressed in the underlined topic sentence.

Please note that you do not need to post anything online for this homework exercise; however, you must bring your printed copy of this annotated formal draft with you to class.

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Essay 3: Formal Draft

The goal of this exercise is to produce a formal draft of your third essay. To produce your formal draft, you will extensively revise and develop your zero draft using ideas from class and suggestions provided in my feedback.

Estimated time: 2-3 hours
Due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, December 5th

Assignment

  1. Read the guidelines for the Scholarly Research Essay, the model scholarly research essay, and the guidelines for naming and formatting essay drafts.
  2. Revise your zero draft into a polished formal draft of 4-5 pages. You should analyze your central question(s) closely to determine what type of theoretical sources you must introduce and use in your essay. Keep researching to add more sources that can either work as your support or counterargument. End your draft with your tentative thesis, which would be your answers to your central research questions.
  3. Include a Works Cited list on a separate page using MLA style. Refer to the course textbook for help with this. You can also look into the MLA guidelines developed by Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab(OWL).
  4. Name your Word document as explained in the course syllabus and then submit it to: https://www.dropbox.com/request/x2dlaE3tOeN7B1MFMLwD
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Exercise 3.6

As discussed in today’s class, the due for Formal Draft will be changed to December 5th (Wednesday).

For Monday: Review “Linking Evidence and Claims” by David Rossenwasser et al. and bring the Lens Analysis handout to class.

The goal of this exercise is to read the model essay and identify useful argumentative strategies that can be used in your own writing.

Due by 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 3rd
Estimated time: 30 minutes

No need to post anything online, but please read the model scholarly research essay. Pay special attention to how the main argument is being conveyed and supported using multiple sources, and think about ways you can adapt its strategies in your own essay. Come prepared to discuss the essay in class.

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Exercise 3.5

For Wednesday: Make sure you can access “Starting with What Others are Saying”, “Acknowledgments and Responses”, and your Zero Draft in class.

The goal of this exercise is to understand how to acknowledge and address counterarguments.

Due by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 28th
Estimated time: 1 hour

Review “Starting with What Others are Saying” by Gerald Graff et el. and read “Acknowledgments and Responses” by Wayne Booth et al. Come prepared to discuss why and how specific ideas in these articles should be implemented in your research essay.

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Essay 3: Zero Draft

For Monday: Read “Starting with What Others are Saying” by Gerald Graff et el. and come to class prepared to discuss its contents.

The goal of this exercise is to produce a very rough draft (a “zero draft”) of your third essay. This will help you find raw material (i.e. potential 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. Reminder: this draft should be very messy. I want you to explore *ideas* and not worry about making (or fixing) grammatical mistakes. You can use a combination of English and other languages if you’d like. As you now know, your draft will change significantly as you continue to revise and develop your ideas.

Due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, November 26th
Estimated time: 2 hours

Assignment

Write a zero draft of 3 to 4 pages in which you begin to work towards an answer to your research question. Your main focus should be to analyze specific parts of your exhibit using relevant theoretical sources.

First, review *all* my comments to the class’ responses to Exercise 3.4. Produce a working draft, then read the Model Student Introductions (which will be covered on Monday’s class) handout and revise your introduction. Your introduction should last two to three paragraphs and include 1) the description of your exhibit to your readers, 2) the intellectual or interpretive problem you’ve observed, and 3) the central question that you will try to answer in your essay. This part of your zero draft should be polished. There should be no more than two central research questions.

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.

Include a Works Cited list on a separate page at the end of your zero draft.

Submit your drafts as a Word document to: https://www.dropbox.com/request/y55KTK2FuTZoRYroY9OH

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Exercise 3.4

For Wednesday: Print out and bring your introduction draft (this homework) to class. We will continue working on your introductions. Also, make sure that you can access the “Identifying Problems” handout.

The goal of this exercise is to draft the introduction of your scholarly research essay.

Due by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 21st
Estimated time: 1 hour

Draft an introduction for your scholarly research essay in which you:

  • 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

Your introduction should be one paragraph long, but keep in mind that you will have to flesh it out into multiple paragraphs in your Zero Draft. Post your responses below.

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Exercise 3.3

*For Monday: make sure you can access the handouts “Identifying Problems” and “8 Strategies for Critically Engaging Secondary Sources” in class.

The goal of this exercise is to use the research resources of the Queens College Rosenthal Library to find sources for your research project.

Due by 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 19th
Estimated time: 2 hours

For the scholarly research essay, you will need to situate your review within at least three contexts:

  • the sociohistorical context i.e. you must consider the social and historical factors that contribute to the exhibit’s popularity (or unpopularity) .
  • the generic context i.e. you must evaluate the exhibit within the conventions of the particular genres that define it.
  • the existing map of opinion i.e. you must critically engage existing ideas about your exhibit in order to develop your own original viewpoints.

To do so, we will use the range of resources accessible through the QC library. Contact Professor Izabella Taler (izabella.taler@qc.cuny.edu) if you have any questions about or need additional help using the library’s many resources.

Assignment

For this homework exercise, you will use the library (and Internet search engines when appropriate) to find:

  • ONE contextual source about the popularity of your exhibit. For example, if you are analyzing the popularity of The Walking Dead in American society, you will need to find a source that provides absolute and relative viewership statistics. For example:
    1. How many people watch the show?
    2. What types of people?
    3. What are trends in the viewership? Is viewership decreasing? Increasing?
    4. How do these numbers compare to other similar shows currently on television?
    5. How do these numbers compare to similar shows from other time periods?
  • ONE or TWO argument sources that explain the existing main opinions about the aspect of your exhibit that you are interested in exploring. For example, if you are analyzing the popularity of The Walking Dead in American society, you will need sources that articulate the opinions that already exist about its popularity. For example:
    1. Is there a predominant viewpoint about your exhibit? What is it?
    2. Has the predominant viewpoint changed over time?
    3. Is there a debate about your exhibit? Why? What are the different perspectives in the debate?
  • ONE contextual source that provides relevant information about contemporary social or political issues that are arguably addressed in your exhibit. For example, if you are analyzing the popularity of The Walking Dead in American society, you may need to find a source that reports on citizens’ growing fears about societal collapse or nuclear war. For example:
    1. What are the main social or political issues addressed in the show?
    2. What contemporary real-world reporting has been done about these issues?
  • ONE theoretical source that explains and explores the conventions, functions, and/or implications of the genre of your exhibit. For example, if you are analyzing the popularity of The Walking Dead in American society, you may need to find a source about horror film and television. There are often multiple ways that an exhibit can be classified or categorized; therefore, a wise place to start is to research how it is already typically classified. For example:
    1. How is the show typically classified?
    2. Is it classified or categorized in a variety of ways?
    3. How are these categories defined? How do they typically work (according to experts or scholars)? What do they typically do (according to experts or scholars)?

Therefore, your aim is to produce a Works Cited list in MLA style that includes your exhibit (i.e. the film you are analyzing) and (at least) the four or five sources that you will find from this exercise. Post the MLA citations for the sources you find as a comment.

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Exercise 3.2

*For Wednesday: make sure you can access “The Nature of Horror” , “Identifying Problems”, and “8 Strategies for Critically Engaging Secondary Sources” in class.

The goal of this exercise is to identify two possible exhibits for your scholarly research essay.

Estimated time: 30 mins
Due by 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 14th 

Review the assignment guidelines for Essay 3. Your exhibit can be:

  • a feature-length movie (like Last Lovers Left Alive or It)
  • a music video (like Kanyé West’s “Monster” music video or Taylor Swift’s “…Ready For It?” music video)
  • a documentary (like Grizzly Man or Super Size Me)
  • a short film between 10 and 30 minutes

As in Essay 2, you do not have to choose an exhibit that has an explicit monster; you may choose an exhibit that has an aspect that is conceptually monstrous. Whatever you choose, make sure it is something that you are genuinely interested in examining and writing about. Remember that, like Latoya Peterson, you will ultimately focus on and analyze specific aspects of your exhibit – not the “entire” exhibit!

Writing

List two exhibits that you could possibly analyze for your scholarly research essay. Cite them using MLA style (you can consult the course textbook for guidelines).

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Exercise 3.1

The goal of this exercise is to identify the intellectual problems that motivate research essays.

Estimated time: 30 mins
Due by 9:30 a.m. Monday, November 12th 

Reading
View the assigned music video (“Monster” by Kanyé West) and read the assigned reading (“Black Monsters/White Corpses: Kanye’s Racialized Gender Politics” by Latoya Peterson).

(As mentioned in class, the music video contains explicit lyrics; therefore, if you prefer, you can watch it with the sound muted since the lesson will focus on the imagery in the video.)

Writing
In a comment below, use a few sentences to explain what Peterson observed that motivated her to write her essay. Using a quotation from the text, explain why she thinks writing her essay was important.

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