First Draft of Capstone Report
This week you will write the first draft of your report. The draft should be a minimum of 30 – 50% of the paper (5 – 10 pages). The draft is an important part of the process and the chance to get feedback and assistance from your instructor. Although the draft is a first look at the composition of your topic, the expectation is that it should strive to be error-free, APA compliant, and reasonably organized.
Use your outline as a guide. Be sure your thesis statement is clearly placed in the opening paragraphs. If you are using sources, cite them properly. Although this is a draft, strive for proper grammar and usage.
Start with an introduction that explains the focus of the paper and presents relevant background if needed. Define any terms or concepts that may be unfamiliar to readers. The introduction is like a pact with the reader; it foreshadows what is to come, so be sure it is clear and keeps it promise
As you continue to the body of the paper, build your essay around the main points presented in the thesis statement. Integrate sources that support your point of view. Summarize, analyze and explain the source material you use rather than merely reporting it. Remember, this is your work, not a compilation of sources. Sources should be less than 20% of the paper. Your ideas and original work should comprise at 80% of the paper.
Details and specificity are keys to an effective paper. You may want to organize by starting with a general statement, then explain, and offer more details as each paragraph is developed. You do not want to be repetitive, but it is acceptable to offer different observations on the same information. This can provide depth to the analysis and extend the essay without simply adding unnecessary words.
Five pages (Minimum 1000 words)
Microsoft Word Document
APA format: Times New Roman 12 pt. type, 1” margins
Title page and abstract not required for this draft/assignment
Title page and abstract ARE required for Final
Due Sunday 11:59 pm (Last day of Week Two)