According to author Phyllis Whitney, “Good stories are not written. They are rewritten.” Career writers never pen just one draft before they turn in a work. Writers and journalists revise multiple times. It is easy to look at an assigned essay, and write a draft, turn in the draft for the professor to read and forget about the assignment altogether. But good essays, like good stories, are rewritten, revised, and re-tooled. The first draft of any work should be an arrangement of ideas, knowing that reorganization will follow.
It is now time to take the knowledge from Weeks 1 and 2 and turn the outline into a well-written draft of your Critical Review Essay. Your draft needs to be 500- to 750-words in length and it should be an analysis of the article you selected during Week 1. The essay will be graded using the attached rubric. Special attention should be paid to the following areas:
Does your draft follow the outline you wrote for Week 2?
Does your draft contain a coherent thesis statement that outlines what your essay will be about?
Is your draft written in third-person, academic language and free of slang and personal pronouns?
Is your draft 500- to 750-words in length?
The paper should be submitted on a Microsoft Word document, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-sized font. The submission will have a Title page, Reference page, and APA-formatted header (see the APA Template in the Course Documents). The word count does not include the Title and Reference pages.
Part 2: The Importance of a Draft
In addition to submitting your well-constructed draft, you will review this week’s resources on the importance of drafts in the academic writing process. Then, write a 250-word explanation of why you consider drafts necessary in creating effective and polished academic writing. Using APA guidelines throughout, cite at least one source to support your explanation.
Your grade will be determined according to the Week 3 Assignment Rubric.