Process Essay Final Draft

Rough draft:

  • Length: 2 1/2- 3 pages, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, 12-point font
  • Submit the rough draft for peer review

Final draft:

  • Length: 5 full pages, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, 12-point font.
  • Your final draft must have a Works Cited page that uses MLA style. This page does not count toward the 5-page requirement.

Texts to use in this essay (Choose one):

  • Graff, “Hidden Intellectualism” (369-375)
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” (534-554)
  • Michael Pollan, “Escape from the Western Diet” (624-631)
  • Identify two other sources (see information below)

Essay Requirements:

In your first process essay, you focused on placing two texts side by side and compared the way they made their arguments in order to decide which was more persuasive. Then in your second process essay you took that analysis a step further by exploring how your reading of one essay shaped your reading of another essay. Now you’re ready to begin finding texts on your own that you’ll use to make your argument.

For this assignment, I’d like you to choose one of the readings from this unit (Graff, Slaughter, or Pollan) and find two articles in newspapers or magazines that support, challenge, or clarify an idea/concept/argument in that reading.

Here are some suggested places to begin your reading. You may use sources not on this list. Just make to submit your summaries of the sources before you begin to write about them.


Any big-city newspaper is likely to have articles on your topic. For example: New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune.

You can also go directly to a newspaper’s website and search for articles.


Magazines that offer news and commentary on current events are also likely to have articles on your topic. For example: Time, The Atlantic, The Economist, Newsweek, The New Yorker

You can also go directly to a magazine’s website and search for articles.

Criteria for a successful essay include:

  • A title that captures the essence of your essay
  • Well-developed introduction
  • Clear thesis statement in the introduction. The thesis should state who has the more persuasive argument.
  • Well-developed support for your argument (weave in quotes and analyze them)
  • Logical organization with topic sentences and transitions
  • Conclusion that adds a final thought
  • Few sentence-level errors (grammar, spelling)
  • MLA citation

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