Reminders for Writers

1. A clear thesis statement must be in the introduction,

 but it should not be the first sentence....
Sentence Fragments, etc.). For practice, create a

  grammar sheet to reference.

5. Spell-check is not perfect. Go over p...
9. Vary sentence structure, but be sure to use

  punctuation correctly.

10.   Proofread and revise for clarity. Carefull...
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Accordions And Frogs Article

  1. 1. Reminders for Writers 1. A clear thesis statement must be in the introduction, but it should not be the first sentence. 2. Follow a five-paragraph format (no more, no less). The introduction introduces ideas, the three body paragraphs explore main points, and the conclusion “ties-up” ideas presented in body. Also, papers must be in MLA format. 3. Formal papers do not include “you” or “I”, especially research papers. While some patterns, like narration or description, may use “I”, make a careful note that they are not used in more formal research papers. 4. Grammar is important! Proofread your paper with grammar in mind. Be sure to review your notes on the basic grammar rules covered in class (Run-ons,
  2. 2. Sentence Fragments, etc.). For practice, create a grammar sheet to reference. 5. Spell-check is not perfect. Go over papers for spelling errors/ wrong words. 6. Numbers ten & under are spelled; 11 & up may be written numerically. 7. Avoid abbreviations: they are often used incorrectly & frowned upon in formal papers*. Also, avoid contractions, as they are informal. 8. Remember to write more formally than you may speak. Avoid conversational phrases: Suffice to say, in my opinion, if I say so myself. Avoid slang: hung out, hooked up, psyched up, got straight. Avoid clichés: first and foremost, tried but true, the last straw. Avoid Statements: I will prove, this essay will show.
  3. 3. 9. Vary sentence structure, but be sure to use punctuation correctly. 10. Proofread and revise for clarity. Carefully reviewing your paper several times is the best way to catch errors. Put time and effort into perfecting your essays. ***Save ALL essays for final portfolio!!!

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