The second half of the course should be dedicated to writing. During this time, you will decide what your own opinion is on the topic, determine what evidence from your readings supports that opinion, and then prove your point in your paper. Expect to create multiple drafts of the paper. Writing it will not be quick and it may not flow easily. Allow yourself plenty of time to struggle through and make good use of the help and resources that are available to you.
The writing phase is kicked off by your second conference.