Formal Vs Informal Writing

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Formal Vs Informal Writing

  1. 1. Formal Vs. Informal Writing Basic Rules of Formal Writing
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Never begin a thematic essay on a novel without introducing the title, author and theme within the first paragraph </li></ul>http://highschool.stillwater.k12.mn.us/sites/0354ad9f-c504-4dc9-8200-99caae93b8f2/uploads/informal_wording_3.pdf
  3. 3. Author Name <ul><li>Do not refer to the author by his/her first name, unless you are specifically discussing him/her as a character in the book. When discussing the writer, use the last name after we have been introduced to his/her whole name. You do not know him/her personally and should not address him/her as such. </li></ul>http://highschool.stillwater.k12.mn.us/sites/0354ad9f-c504-4dc9-8200-99caae93b8f2/uploads/informal_wording_3.pdf
  4. 4. Text Citations <ul><li>Text Citations should support your thematic essay. Be choosy about what to include so you don’t get too bogged down and use ellipses to avoid unnecessary information. Also, do not oversimplify with too short a paragraph that lacks effectiveness. Follow MLA Citation form. </li></ul>http://highschool.stillwater.k12.mn.us/sites/0354ad9f-c504-4dc9-8200-99caae93b8f2/uploads/informal_wording_3.pdf
  5. 5. LOL not Okay <ul><li>Avoid slang, text message language, contradictions like “can’t or won’t” and avoid abbreviations like “OK (okay) or NY (New York).” Use the word for a number unless it has three or more digits. </li></ul>http://highschool.stillwater.k12.mn.us/sites/0354ad9f-c504-4dc9-8200-99caae93b8f2/uploads/informal_wording_3.pdf
  6. 6. The Personal and the obvious <ul><li>Avoid I, me, my, I think, In my opinion, In this essay, that quote, this passage </li></ul>http://highschool.stillwater.k12.mn.us/sites/0354ad9f-c504-4dc9-8200-99caae93b8f2/uploads/informal_wording_3.pdf
  7. 7. Don’t tell me about me <ul><li>Do not capitalize the theme or refer to the English course objectives/activities. </li></ul>http://highschool.stillwater.k12.mn.us/sites/0354ad9f-c504-4dc9-8200-99caae93b8f2/uploads/informal_wording_3.pdf
  8. 8. No Second Person <ul><li>Avoid you when discussing people in general </li></ul>http://highschool.stillwater.k12.mn.us/sites/0354ad9f-c504-4dc9-8200-99caae93b8f2/uploads/informal_wording_3.pdf
  9. 9. No swearing!!! <ul><li>Avoid profanity </li></ul>http://highschool.stillwater.k12.mn.us/sites/0354ad9f-c504-4dc9-8200-99caae93b8f2/uploads/informal_wording_3.pdf
  10. 10. “Hey, Mr. Christie…” <ul><li>Avoid comments made directly to the teacher </li></ul>http://highschool.stillwater.k12.mn.us/sites/0354ad9f-c504-4dc9-8200-99caae93b8f2/uploads/informal_wording_3.pdf
  11. 11. Words, words, words <ul><li>Attempt to use a sophisticated and affective vocabulary but USE YOUR OWN WORDS!!! </li></ul>http://highschool.stillwater.k12.mn.us/sites/0354ad9f-c504-4dc9-8200-99caae93b8f2/uploads/informal_wording_3.pdf

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