Blog #13

1) Your drafting and revising: What did you do to actually write your dirty draft? How was it similar to or different than other paper drafts you’ve written? Will you use this method again? What revision technique(s) did you try in class with your “dirty draft” (scissors and highlighters day)? What did you learn? What did you learn from participating in peer review–either giving or receiving feedback?

2) Your organization and approach in general: Look back to your blog post about your plan for taking notes and keeping track of sources. What was your plan for taking notes and your sources? Did you use that plan or modify it? What has worked so far with that system, and what will you do the next time you have a research paper to write?

  1. To write my dirty draft, I sat and wrote it in one sitting, without stopping, possibly pausing to mentally prepare for each paragraph. It was similar to the other paper drafts I’ve written in that I usually try to get as much written without distractions, it was different because I usually take more time to edit or add more tedious bits of information, and I didn’t do that with this paper. I really liked this method because I really struggle with just starting an essay, I usually just don’t even know where to begin, and this “dirty draft” method helped me conquer that initial hesitation and doubt I have before starting to write. The scissors and highlighters technique allowed me to see where exactly I needed more source information, more modification to topic sentences, and also if my body paragraphs contained that connection back to the thesis. I think peer review is always helpful, as a fresh set of eyes can really point out the mistakes, and make great suggestions as to where to go on with the next draft. I always take the suggestions or comments and use those ideas, or formulate my own new ideas from them to further develop the paper.
  2. In my blog post about my plan for taking notes and tracking sources, I planned to print off each source and annotate every one by hand, color coding the different views I had. Obviously I realized how this would be a giant waste of paper, so I just read and electronically made notes about each source, getting to know the information in them so well that I ended up not even needing to color code them. I think that really reading and re-reading the sources in depth was a great strategy for me because I was able to retain the information I learned and use that in essay 3 and 4. I think that the subject of colorism and its effects on people of color really interested me and became something that I was very passionate about, which may not happen with every research paper I write, but could help me to realize the importance of other subjects as well.

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