|The goal of this seminar is to help students complete a graduation paper that conforms to accepted standards for academic writing. In this second-semester course, each student will improve the draft of their graduation paper.|
|Improve the structure of the draft.|
Argument: find enough supports for claims.
Strike a balance between summary and analysis. Paraphrasing is not analysis or interpretation.
Improve the style. Follow the rules of formal writing.
|Each week, students will be required to write something and submit it.|
|Week 1: Introduction|
Week 2: Presentations: Introduce your research topic, research questions, and plan
Week 3: Peer Review (1)
Week 4: Outlining again
Week 5: Rewriting
Week 6: Peer Review (2)
Week 7: Revising the Title
Week 8: Notes and Works Cited
Week 9: Peer Review (3)
Week 10: Revising the Dissertation
Week 11: Editing 1
Week 12: Editing 2
Week 13: Presentations (1)
Week 14: Presentations (2)
Week 15: Review
|Personalized guidance and oral presentations.|
|No textbook is required. Course materials will be provided.|
|Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009. |
|In-class participation and regular assignments: 40%|
Graduation Paper: 60%
|The quality of the Graduation Thesis:|
*It follows MLA style.
*It cites scholarly sources.
*It includes sufficient analysis. It is not only a collection of quotes or a summary of the works studied.
*It is well-structured.
*It is well-written.
*The thesis is clearly stated.