Week 4: Assignment 4 – The Final Draft

Week 4: Assignment 4 – The Final Draft

  • Must re-edit rough draft of paper and fix it for final draft
  • Due Saturday by 11:59pm
  • Points 100
  • Submitting a file upload
  • Available Aug 5 at 12am – Aug 31 at 11:59pm 27 days

Portfolio Assignment The Final Draft

Due by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. (MT) end of Week 4 (100 points)

Learning Objectives Covered:

  • Practice and use the third and fourth steps of the Writing process, the revision and editing phases, by creating a polished final draft.


You are finally at the stage of the writing process where you will proofread and edit your paper for final submission. Do not turn in the rough draft of you paper that you submitted in Week 3. You will not get credit for the Final Draft if you re-submit Week 3’s paper. The Final Draft is meant to be an improved version of what you submitted previously. Remember, as you edit, you may find a better way to present your paper. This is a process, a way for you to learn new techniques to improve your writing.

Proofreading and editing are an important final part of the writing process. This is the part where you take a last look at your paper, and make it as good as it possible can be. Complete each of the following steps looking for ways to improve your paper. Remember, this is the time to find techniques that work for your writing style. Try as many as possible.

You also want to make sure your IWG formatting is correct. We have covered IWG formatting in previous weeks, but here is a link to the guidelines.

As before, your paper must have these components:


When you proofread a paper, you read it again and again to see if there are any mistakes. For each step, read the paper carefully from the beginning to the end. If possible, allow several hours to pass before progressing to the next step so that you can see the writing with fresh eyes.

Step 1: Proofread your paper to make sure that it makes sense.

  • Read the paper out loud. Does it flow smoothly?
  • Do you have a strong thesis statement? The reader should know in the first paragraph your stand on the issue.
  • In the body of your paper, is there a logical flow to your argument? Do you have convincing arguments as well as strong evidence to defend your argument?
  • Do you have a strong conclusion in the final paragraph of your paper?

Step 2: Check your paper for spelling and grammatical errors.

It is always a good idea to use the computer spell check program; however, be aware that it will not pick up everything, and you need to manually check for errors.

Step 3: Make sure that your paper is formatted according to the Institution Writing Guidelines.

Click here to review the formatting requirements from the Institution Writing Guidelines

Step 4: Re-read the final version of your paper.

Paper Requirements:

  • Minimum of 600 words, not including the title page or References list.
  • All quotes, unusual facts, and statistics need citations (even if you cited the same source in the previous sentence)
  • Within your paper, use quotes, summaries, and/or paraphrased information from at least two (2) strong sources.
    • Use the sources you analyzed in your Week 2 paper.
    • If you want to use other sources instead of the ones from Week 2, you are welcome to do so.
    • Wikipedia, Ask.com, and other crowd-sourced websites are not acceptable for academic papers, including this one.
    • Use SHARC > Library Resources > ProQuest to find additional strong sources.

When you are satisfied with your final draft, submit it as an attachment below.

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