Ways to improve your writing

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Ways to improve your writing

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

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