A “rough” draft is complete
draft, not a collection of unfinished notes. This week’s draft should
include all of the required elements of a final draft. You will,
however, have a chance to make changes before submitting your revision
in Module 06.
The elements you should be sure to include are:
- An introductory paragraph that establishes the context for your argument and ends with a strong thesis statement.
- Three body paragraphs that each focus on a separate supporting idea that substantiates the thesis.
- Integration of the rhetorical appeals of ethos, logos, and pathos.
- A concluding paragraph that summarizes your main idea and provides a call to action.
properly formatted reference page in APA style that lists all sources
used in the paper. Remember that you must cite at least five sources in
the body of the paper, with at least three of those sources coming from
the Rasmussen College Online Library.
- Careful proofreading for grammar, mechanics, and spelling.
Because good writing is always a process, our persuasive essay will
be written in two parts: a first draft due this week and a revision due
in week 6. Your paper should be approximately 3-4 pages in length.
As you prepare, here are a few reminders for this week’s draft:
- In week 3 you posted a thesis for peer review. Consider the feedback
you received, refine your thesis, and use it the basis for your
- Use your sources to support your thesis. Research and prepare the
passages you will consider using. Remember to review methods of
paraphrasing, summarizing, and using direct quotations. You should cite
at least five sources in the body of your essay, and at least three of
those sources should come from the Rasmussen College Online Library.
- Prepare the body paragraphs by deciding where to place supporting
information. Remember, each paragraph of the paper should act to build
the momentum of the argument.
- Apply pathos, logos, and ethos whenever possible.
- Finally, remember that it’s okay if your ideas, opinions, or sources
change during process of writing this paper. Writing makes us think,
and it’s fine – even beneficial – to have our thoughts change as we
express them on paper.