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    Ways to improve your writing Ways to improve your writing Presentation Transcript

    • Ways to Improve Your Writing Looking at Components of the ENGL 101 Rubric
    • Take a look at the columns
      • All columns have a point value. Take some time to see where the paper scored higher on the rubric. These are the strengths of the paper.
      • The columns where the paper scored lower are the areas where your writing needs to be improved.
    • To have a stellar thesis
      • Make sure that your thesis meets the criteria of the Thesis Statement handout.
      • It should have an arguable & original claim.
      • Review the thesis statements in Joining The Conversation to see how they are crafted.
    • Support for the argument
      • Use your own ideas and examples instead of solely restating the examples and ideas of the writers in the text.
      • The writers can be used for support, but make sure that you add your own insight.
    • Further tips to use research
      • Use the sandwich method to integrate research into your argument.
      • To do this, know WHY you are choosing to use specific quotes. This will help you highlight the importance of the research.
    • Meet the page requirement for the paper
      • A 3 page paper that is only 2.5 pages is 10% under the word requirement, which makes the paper “below expectations” on the rubric for the assignment.
    • Organization
      • Have a topic sentence that is not a fact. The topic sentence should show the points you are making to support your argument.
      • Review the 3EX handout.
      • Have specific, rather than general, examples.
      • Use transitions within the paragraph, so your sentences flow smoothly.
    • Language
      • Review the Okay Ways to Combine Sentences handout. This will help you recognize comma splice, fragments, and run-ons.
      • Also revise for clarity, make sure that your sentences are clear and direct. Get rid of any wordiness.
    • Audience and Purpose
      • Make sure to use formal, academic language. This does not mean using the biggest words.
      • It helps to keep the context of the writing event in mind.
      • Avoid profanity, slang, and references to yourself
        • “ I believe,” “I feel,” “I disagree.”
    • Documentation
      • Review the Hacker Handbook for a clear understanding of MLA in-text citation.
      • On the Works Cited, the text should use the full line. Do not copy/paste a half-line format into your paper.
      • Make sure your Works Cited matches your in-text citations.
    • You can do this!!
      • Remember, writing an academic paper is hard work, so don’t be frustrated if it doesn’t come easy.
      • The Writing Center is a fantastic place full of great tutors who can help you with your writing.
      • Call to make an appointment:(301)-687-3077