In this analytical, expository essay, you will draw upon the research you conducted for WP 2. In addition to discussing the historical background of your topic, you will also explore a piece of writing that relates to your time period, or that your person of interest wrote (a primary source document). In so doing, you should explain how this text "got things done," or "made things happen." Finally, you will discuss the impact this person or event had on America, and how this still resonates in our country today.
Apply all stages of the Writing Process to compose this essay.
Once you've answered one of the sets of questions, turn your pre-writing into a draft. See if you can identify topic sentences that you can build into fully developed paragraphs, and begin incorporating your research as support for your ideas. Draft in sections, using brief, regular writing sessions.
After you've "walked away" from a section for a bit, go back and revise. You may need to throw everything away, and begin again. That's ok. See what is worth keeping and working with. Do this for each section of the essay.
Get peer response from as many readers as possible: your writing group mates, your room-mate, your Mom, a tutor at the Writing Center. Make sure you tell each reader what you want them to look for as they read (structure and organization? content? use of research?)
Revise your essay after each peer response session.
Go over your draft with a fine tooth comb several times as you perfect the following:
You may also want to use peer editors for editing.
Submit a printed, stapled version of your essay November 11 at the beginning of history. No late work will be accepted without proof of an extension.
The final document should be in the range of five to six pages and should be formatted following MLA documentation guidelines. Any references to outside sources should be documented parenthetically and all outside material that is consulted or cited should be listed on a Works Cited list.