IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
RESEARCH ESSAY PRELIMINARY DRAFT
The preliminary draft of your essay should represent your final product as closely as possible, providing an opportunity for the instructor to suggest meaningful refinements.
The draft should demonstrate, at minimum, your thesis, the organizational strategy you have chosen to adopt, the line of reasoning you have settled on for your project as a whole and the range of materials you have utilized in support of your adopted perspective towards your topic.
To that end, your preliminary draft must contain the following:
NOTE: you should be able make sense of the entire essay merely by reading through the thesis statement and the topic sentences in each paragraph. Furthermore, the other sentences in each paragraph should directly support your topic sentence -- if not, they don't belong and should be removed (perhaps to another paragraph). A restatement of your thesis and a review of your topic sentences also can serve as a good conclusion to your essay as a whole.