|# OF SOURCES||4|
|# OF PAGES & WORD COUNT||7 ≈ 1925 WORDS|
Instructions for Module 4 Historical Research Paper Rough Draft
In this module, you will take the research that you have collected from your sources, your bibliography, and your draft thesis statement and outline and create a 5 – 7 page (1250 – 1900 word) rough draft of your research paper.
The purpose of this assignment is to help you organize your argument and the evidence you have to support it, and to receive feedback that you can use to create a polished final draft at the end of the course. **Remember that this must be argumentative. You cannot simply list facts about this topic, but instead must take a position on an issue and prove this position.**
A draft is just that, a rough sketch of what you want to say in your final essay. It is an opportunity to receive feedback from your instructor on your work, but it is also an opportunity for you to get your thoughts down on paper, move away from them, come back with fresh eyes and revise. A draft need not be polished or perfect – it should be rough and that’s okay. The biggest mistake you can make with a draft is getting stuck with writer’s block because you think the draft isn’t good enough. Drafts aren’t supposed to be perfect – they are supposed to help you think about your work, and let others give you some ideas on how to improve.
One final reminder – Drafts need not be perfect, as you will edit and revise it. It is better to turn something in for feedback, than to turn nothing in and have no information on how to improve the paper late.