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Rough Draft Workshop

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Welcome to Our Rough Draft Workshop: Final Projects




Workshopping a Paper


Begin by breaking into groups and GRADING this paper. How well does it match the points on this rubric? What are it's strengths? Where is there room to improve? What FURTHER comments would you give? 


I have uploaded an example final paper with revisions here (thanks to the brave soul who agreed to be the sacrificial lamb)! Comments deal with:

  1. Reorganization (particularly placing the artifact at the beginning of the analysis to create CONTEXT).
    1. If anyone else is using their artifact to create context for their argument, consider a similar strategy - put it first and relate everything back to it.
    2. Also, consider placing scholarship early enough in the paper to incorporate it into the ARGUMENT (i.e. SPRING BOARD off the scholarly essay/article and ADD TO the current scholarly "conversation" - do not just reinforce/repeat other's work).  
  2. Language/syntax (rewording material to make the argument smoother).
  3. This paper does a GREAT job of close reading (and using that close reading as evidence for an argument)!


 Example final paper (with revisions in red).pdf


Final Project Rubric 


For the Final Project Rough Draft Workshop, begin by copying and pasting the rubric below onto YOUR wiki page with the rough draft of your paper. Remember, if BOTH the paper and the rubric are directly pasted to the wiki, it's a LOT easier for your reviewers.


Try to leave as many comments as I did on the paper above for your paper here.


Name (paper): _______________________

Name (reviewer 1): _________________________ 

Name (reviewer 2): _________________________

American Literature I Final Paper Rubric







Strong thesis at the conclusion of the introduction to guide the paper.

Thesis connected and supported in all body paragraphs.

Thesis makes a strong argument about a single theme or idea using the primary text and artifact.

Discussion of the primary text and artifact is coherent and succinct. 

Thesis is vague or spread throughout the introduction and the paper.

Thesis is not clearly connected to all body paragraphs.

Thesis does not make a strong argument about the primary text and/or artifact.


Close Reading

Analyzes the theme of the American hero in or through a primary text and artifact.

Close reading brings the primary text and artifact together in meaningful ways.

Places close reading in conversation with secondary sources.

Summarizes and paraphrases evidence from the primary text to support the close reading (only using direct quotes when it is necessary to analyze the language).

Does not clearly analyze a theme from American Literature in or through a primary text and/or artifact.

Close reading does not relate the primary text and artifact in meaningful ways (although it may discuss both separately).

Does not situate close reading among secondary sources.

Primarily summarizes the text or quotes it (rather than analyzing it).


Support (Research)

Integrates support from secondary sources to support close reading.

Creates a clear conversation with secondary sources (without being overpowered by them).

Uses strong evidence from secondary sources.

Summarizes and paraphrases evidence except when quotations are necessary.

Does not integrate support from secondary sources.

Argument is either overpowered or disconnected from secondary sources.

Evidence from secondary sources is not clearly connected with the argument.

Uses unnecessary quotes from the secondary source.



Completed all pre-writing activities on-time (including conferences and rough draft workshop)

Did not complete all pre-writing activities on-time.



Addresses the main points of the paper in a succinct and engaging way.

Interactive and creative online presentation with text and visual elements (NOT a power point)

Does not address the main points of the paper.

Is not interactive or online.

Does not include text and/or visual elements.



Final Conferences


I will be giving you MY feedback during conferences next week. 


Be sure to sign up for one of the conference times on the wiki here: CONFERENCES (also located on COURSE). Remember, conferences will be held in MY OFFICE (Rish Hall 002). Please remember to arrive a few minute early so that conferences can run on-time (we do not have any time to go over or make up missed conferences). 


You will receive THREE DAYS of attendance credit for you 10-minute conference! 






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