Having reviewed your peer reviewers' comments and having considered
my comments on your draft and in conference, you should revise your
research draft into a polished, well-written source-based argument.
The Letter. After
you have finished revising your paper, write your research project
letter, which is composed of two parts.
- Part one: Revised
abstract. The goal of this assignment is to have you synthesize
the main points of your argument and, by printing it on the same
page as your original abstract, to have you reflect on the changes
your project has undergone over the course of the quarter.
- First, review Booth's
handout on abstracts, distributed earlier in the quarter.
- Now, write an abstract
for your research paper that approximates the "Context + Problem
+ Summary + Results/Main Point" model. In other words, your
abstract first should state the context for your discussion, then
articulate the problem, then summarize the main components of your
argument, and then, finally, report your results or conclusions.
- Your revised abstract may
be simply an expansion of the original abstract you handed in earlier
in the quarter, or it may be completely different (whether in terms
of content, structure, or style). What is most important is that
it accurately reflects the information contained in your paper.
Don't forget that metadiscourse is quite appropriate, if not recommended,
for this assignment.
- Having written your revised
abstract, print it at the top of your letter. Then cut and paste
a copy of your original abstract. Label them appropriately (original
- revision). Juxtaposing them in this way will help you (and
me) conceptualize the development of this paper over the quarter.
- Part Two: The Letter.
Now, underneath the two abstracts, write a one-page letter in
which you reflect on both
- your stylistic and rhetorical
decisions in writing the research paper -- i.e. what voice did
you decide to use? Where did you use logos, ethos, and pathos?
Which did you prioritize in your writing? what creative risks
did you take in your writing? how do you see your form and content
as related? what strategies of development did you use? how
did you decide to organize your paper -- logically and formally?
Please also reflect on the success of these decisions.
- your progress through
the research project. You may want to discuss how the project
changed over the weeks you worked on it, what was most fulfilling
or frustrating about the research or writing process, whether
or not you found the topic as engaging as you anticipated, what
you would research further, the strongest or weakest part of
your argument, how the paper changed as you drafted it, whether
peer feedback was valuable, how you have changed as a writer,
etc. Although I don't expect the letter to be a formal essay,
I do expect it to be a thoughtful and articulate evaluation
of your experience with the research project.
Turn it in. Having revised
your paper and written your letter, turn your letter, your revision,
and your peer review forms at the beginning of class on the 24th.
Also be sure to post all these documents in your Panfora personal
work folder as well -- this includes your bibliography.