Quick Write

What problem are you writing and researching about? Make sure to start with the problem, not the solution.

Annotate Your Texts

How to Annotate

To summarize how you will annotate text:

1. Identify the BIG IDEA
2. Underline topic sentences or main ideas
3. Connect ideas with arrows
4. Ask questions
5. Add personal notes
6. Define technical words

“Shitty First Drafts”

The writing process is a very important concept that you need to learn. This will move you from writing ok papers to good papers.

The first draft is the down draft.

The second draft is the up draft.

The third draft is the dental draft.

Proposal Intro

Lets go over the proposal prompt for the first essay.

Proposal Example

We read McCardell – Drinking Age of 21 Doesn’t Work.

In small groups, locate the problem as he presents it. Does he provide evidence?

Locate the solution he proposes.

Intro to Research

Scholarly research is research that is published by people with specialized knowledge on what they are researching. It is peer reviewed, reviewed by other researchers and specialist in the field, and is generally trustworthy. Blogs, Newspapers, Magazines are not Scholarly but are popular sources.


Crafton Library Databases Academic Search Complete is a great resources to begin with. Credo reference is great for background information to understand your topic.

ProCon.org No subscription needed. Good place to look at the main issues around a topic.

Google Scholar Google academic database search. Great place to start.

Free Write

Take the topic you are thinking about researching for your proposal and write it at the top of a page. For the next five minutes I want you two write down everything you know about it. Do not edit as you write. Just keep writing and see where it takes you.

Just keep writing. Just keep writing. If you thought runs out, skip a line and start a new thought. Keep writing.

What do you know about your topic?

What questions do you have about your topic?

What do you need to research about your topic?

Begin Research

Begin researching the problem you are thinking of writing about. Find at least one source to use for your first essay that helps you to define the problem.

Do not assume that the problem is real! Question your assumptions and find proof from a reliable source.