"I do a lot of rewriting. It's very painful." - James Baldwin, The Art of Fiction No. 78, The Paris Review

Writing Into the Day -- Reflect and Connect

Reflect on and connect with some of the sources that you have read this semester about the Writing Process and your own experiences with writing the rhetorical analysis. Think about Lamott's "Shitty First Drafts" and Section 4.0 in NWWK - All Writers Have More to Learn.

  • Describe and comment on your writing process and how it unfolded.
  • Was the feedback you got from your peers and professors helpful for your revision process?
  • What did you learn about writing by writing the rhetorical analysis?
  • What do you think you need to work on from here on out to learn more about writing?
  • What kinds of writing experiences (assignments) do you think you would enjoy?

Writing Workshop

  • Use this time to finish up your Rhetorical Analysis.
  • Also, fill out this MLA Formatting Checklist and keep it for your Writing Folder.
  • I am noticing that some of you are NOT making use of the MLA Guide that we have prepared for you for this assignment. This document is especially useful for showing you how to create the proper heading, in-text citation, and Works Cited for this paper. You can find this document here:Important Sources for Your Rhetorical Analysis
  • For the NWWK citation, you should consult Owl Purdue for MLA. However, to create a correct citation for your Works Cited, you will need to know what kind of source it is.
  • NWWK is a collection of essays written by different authors all compiled into 1 book by a team of editors. This type of a source is known as an anthology. You will be citing only one of the essays in NWWK (most likely). So, when you look at Owl Purdue, please consult the section called "A work in an anthology."

Switching Gears and Looking Down the Road

The Research and Argument Project

  • First Research Goal -- choosing suitable topic for this project and writing up a topic proposal.
    • Remember that you need to choose something that is related to the content from your History course. This means you need to choose something that occurs prior to 1865. (No Egyptians!)
    • Also, it is strongly advised that you choose a topic that is related to the material on your history exams 2 and 3.

Here is the assignment description for the Topic Proposal


Over the weekend, do some thinking and research about what you would like to research and study. Start conducting some basic research using google and the Credo Reference (Online Database) in TAMUCC library.

Please come up with a list of 5 topic possibilities.