Purpose: To get you started immediately on your research and to give you an early opportunity to get input from the class.
Requirements: A handout and short (10 minute) presentation for the class explaining the following:
Notes: You should be well into your research at this point -- think of "preliminary" as "first attempt," not "off the top of your head." Your handout and presentation should clearly indicate the direction your research is taking you and why and should invite your colleagues to challenge your research and/or arguments.
Requirements: A full draft of the final paper, with citations, to be brought to class. This is not an outline, some jotted notes, or some unsupported ideas. It's a first attempt at formally expressing a well researched argument.
Notes: Too many assignments end at this point -- the paper that is turned in is essentially a first draft. Producing a high quality paper -- for example, one suitable for publication -- almost always requires multiple, substantial revisions based on feedback from the first draft. In response to comments you should be prepared to change your organization, extend your research, and better support, restructure and/or otherwise modify your arguments.