Final Draft

Due at the beginning of your class during the week of Dec. 12 – 16.

What is the “Final Draft”?

The final draft is your last word on the subject. It is your best effort at thinking about a subject, researching relevant material, and writing about it in a coherent and somewhat sophisticated fashion. The first draft will look professional, according to APA standards, which by now you should know. If you don’t, ask me specific questions in or after class, check out the resources on the Resources page, and if all else fails, download the APA template and use it effectively.

(TIP: Don’t trust to the template alone. Become acquainted with at least the basics of APA. If something you do changes the formatting on the template, you should know what it’s supposed to look like, and how to make it look that way again.)

Getting the APA right is a significant amount of your overall mark.

Part of this is getting the spelling, grammar and punctuation right, too. It often helps to read it out loud. Get others to read it.

And for crying out loud, use MS Word!

I’ve shown you how to let Word help you with misspellings and various grammatical errors. Check the underlining. If it’s red, correct the spelling. If it’s green or blue, check to see what alternatives it’s offering. Sometimes Word gets confused and offers alternatives that don’t really make sense. You have to use your own judgement (or find someone whose judgement you trust), but despite its faults, the spell and grammar check function is extremely useful for drawing your attention to problems and potential problems.

But that’s just the mechanical side — which, admittedly, is worth quite a bit.

The rest of the marks depend upon the quality of your own analysis, and how clearly and authoritatively you have expressed it.

The key here being, “your analysis.”

This analysis should be backed by sources when possible and relevant. Pop culture topics are just as much in need of research as topics dealing with big “important” issues.

Think. Examine. Analyse. Keep straight the differences between your ideas and those of others. Give the reader your sources to check. But don’t just be repeating facts or studies — examine the information yourself.

Think, think, think. And remember how much misinformation and misrepresentation there is.

Due Date:

There is definitely a due date: the end of term.

If you can get it in earlier, all the better. While I won’t look over early submissions and make suggestions to tighten them up, I will look over them for obvious errors that you can quickly fix (such as single spacing instead of double, or some obvious typos).


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