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Unit Three, Day 37 - Wednesday, November 15

What we'll do today in class:

Connection to course goals: The Zero draft activity asks students to start generating their own ideas and reasons for their essay, and emphasizes that in order to effectively respond to the context they have to make an argument, not just discuss an issue or present a variety of sources. Getting feedback on the zero drafts emphasizes the value of revision in the writing process, even in the pre-writing stages and early drafts. They'll be focusing on research and finding the sources they need over break, and discussing live sources at this point asks them to think about how this type of evidence might be useful.



  1. Using your position analysis, write a "Zero Draft" of your essay. That is, you should have a sense of your overall issue, what claim you want to argue for, what purpose and audience you have in mind. Without any attention to evidence and sources, write your essay from the beginning. Just try to work your way through your reasoning or logic.
  2. (15-20 min)

  3. Feedback on Zero Drafts
  4. (10 min)

  5. Based on their feedback, have them consider the following and write a list so they know what they need to look for over break:
  6. (5-10 min)

    Transition: We've just been considering what kinds of evidence you'll need, so let's now look at another form of evidence that might prove useful - live sources.

  7. Using Live Sources.
  8. (10 min)

    IF TIME…

  9. WTL: Looking at your focus, claim, purpose, etc., how might live sources be useful as evidence for your essay? How could you incorporate live sources? which types of live sources seem like they might fit? How might your audience affect your use of live sources? What live sources would they consider credible?
  10. (5 min)


Continue researching to find the evidence you'll need


PHG, "Documenting Sources, MLA", pp. 583-592

Bring your zero draft back to class

(NOTE: Here are some tips for what to look for and comment on in the Position Analysis assignment: