I’m currently learning about World War 2 in my Canadian History class, and had an assignment to write an argumentative essay on a chosen topic. I chose one that was both interesting and could provide me with lots to learn from the experience: compare the Canadian Parliamentary system and the American Congressional system. Evaluate which system works best. I started off by borrowing a pile of books from the library and skimming through those for some information. I looked through some school databases and browsed the web. The more I researched, the happier I was with my topic choice. Reading about politics was extremely interesting, but I soon realized with dismay that writing everything I had learned in a 1100-word essay was practically impossible.
My teacher was very smart about the assignment – there were certain checkpoints (finish our outline, write the first draft, finish the edited draft, etc.) that we had to meet on certain days, and they really pushed me to get the assignment done on time. But still, I ended up spending way too much time researching important things like the evolution of Justin Trudeau’s hairstyles (how I got there, I have no idea), and watching hilarious Canadian election attack ads. As a result, I woke up early in the morning on the day before the first draft was due, sat down at my computer, and NaNoWriMo-style typed up the entire first draft of my essay in one hour. Of course, this first draft was nearly two times the limit. And of course, the first draft was nowhere near the perfect, all-knowing essay I had envisioned when researching. Even my writing style was by far NOT my best work (though maybe that’s just me being overly perfectionist about these kind of things).
Over the next week, I finally brought it down to four words under the limit. All in all, I’d say I learned A LOT from this assignment, but there is so much more to be explored on this topic that there’s no way this essay could cover all the fantastic information about it. With that in mind, I hope you enjoy this tiny peek into this fascinating topic!