You Should Have a "Shitty First Draft" of Your Historical Context Section -- Printed Version

Don't turn your draft in yet. Instead, exchange drafts with someone in your writing group.

  • Editors: on a blank piece of notebook paper, list the following questions:
    • Who?
    • What?
    • When?
    • Where?
    • Why?
    • How?
  • After each question, find a specific part of your writer's essay in which she answers one of these questions. List these topics under each question.
  • At the bottom of the page, provide your writer some feedback. Based on your understanding of American History, what's missing? What needs more development? What should your writer focus on next?
  • Editors, give the hand-written feedback to your writer.
  • Writers, turn in your typed, printed "shitty first draft" to me.

Quick Review of Points of View Database

Daily Writing: Last Pre-Writing Exercise for the WP 3 Critical Analysis

  • If you haven't already, locate a source that you'll use to connect your historical topic to a modern day social or political issue. Points of View Reference Center is an excellent database for this.
  • Copy and paste the citation for this article (or articles, if you located more than one) into your journal link in Bb for today.
  • Next, describe how your topic connects to this current event. Questions to consider?
    • How has "history repeated itself?"
    • What can past events teach us about this current political issue or social problem?
    • What would you want your peers to know about how the past and present are connected?


You now have pre-writing and/or drafts for all four major parts of the Critical Analysis.

  • If you haven't yet, get all the main components of the paper into one document. These "chunks of text are NOT paragraphs, but sections of the paper. They include:
    • Historical context
    • Analysis of a Primary Source (include rhetorical analysis, Aristotelian elements, and Activity Theory)
    • Connection to modern day social or political issue
    • Conclusion
  • Now, go through your draft again, and REVISE for clarity, and substance. In other words, make sure your draft makes sense and covers all the ground you need to cover.
  • No thesis, no intro? No worries.
  • Finally, build your Works Cited list. Include ALL sources you cited, directly or indirectly (paraphrased material).
  • SAVE this document as WP3CA_draft 3 (or whatever draft you are on).

No formal class meeting on Friday. Instead, complete the online assignment posted on Friday's plans by the end of our normal class meeting time, and complete the homework for the weekend.
It's ok if you complete the online assignment's already posted, but DON'T complete it until you have a fully evolved draft to give to your peer.