I have successfully used this PowerPoint file to discuss the steps my students should take to begin writing the research paper. By this point, students have been researching a topic for a couple of weeks (they are trying to answer their research questions). These students have a few sources, and in theory, they know quite a bit about their chosen topic. In other words, they are ready to start writing the first draft.
When I use this file, I ask my students to answer their research question and to begin writing their essays. We discuss the steps they should follow to begin writing their drafts. I have a different file I use to discuss the process of finalizing this essay. This file should be used to get the students started so that they can produce a first draft.
You can edit this file to suit your needs and/or share it with students via password protected sites (Blackboard, ANGEL, Google Classrooms, etc.)
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