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These are the requirments that were given by the teacher

Has a thesis statement (a topic/focus/question to be asked and answered, optimally

containing: 1. this is the topic; 2. this is the method used (compare, analyze…); 3.

conclusion to be reached; 4. why this is interesting)

4. has several body ¶s, all (ALL!!!) related to the thesis statement.

5. has a conclusion that either sums up the findings or repeats thesis statement with a

variation, but does NOT open “a new can of worms.”

6. backs up all (ALL!!!) claims with textual evidence, correctly cited MLA style,

and discusses each and every quotation.

7. does NOT let critics and other outside sources “write for you”—they are your

support or somebody to go against, but they are NOT your paper.

8. acknowledges and refutes counter argument when appropriate.

9. has a “works cited” or “bibliography” page (NOT the same thing) or entry at the

end of the paper, even though it only uses a textbook.

A paper is in MLA style – library has manual. If you’re an English major, GET THE

BOOK! Good long-term investment that lasts a study-time.

Revision and editing are VERY different things. When you edit, you “fix the small

things” = put on band-aids; you work with spelling, fragments, punctuation, make sure

your quotations are correct, … When you revise, you do major surgery. You add ¶s,

subtract ¶s, change order so that you progress logically, add quotations, add discussion of

same to paper, … Revisions are welcome, editings are somewhat wasteful of my time.

You want your reader to concentrate on your thesis and the way you develop it.

READER COMFORT therefore A MUST! Follow 1-8 above, spell correctly and use

formal language (a kid is a small goat…), good punctuation and grammar. Beware of spell

check (“he has bad table manors,” “ in mid evil times,” “Othello constipated his marriage

in Cyprus,” “the Prince of Whales” are all authentic examples – and THEY ARE

LEGION! Don’t join the growing list!).

The smaller stuff:

1. no contractions (isn’t, won’t). Contractions belong in the maternity ward.

2. “you” is no fun in papers. I have had “whenever you kill your husband” (MOI!?!)

and “when you do a back flip from the top of the cheerleading pyramid”—I ask

you! Picture this w/yours truly!

3. discuss literature in the present tense always.

4. when something is worth quoting, it is worth discussing the value of that quote.

5. do not start off with a variation of “Webster’s dictionary defines “love” as

……………” or “Already the ancient Egyptians were aware that…”(think about

why not!).

6. I usually allow a writing class student two sets of dashes (what’s between here is

really off topic, but I just HAD to do it!) and two sets of parenthesis (what is

between here is so very irrelevant, but, well, had to do it!) per semester. () belongs

around identifications of quotations. You are not in a writing class – try to avoid

this irritant. How can you solve this problem? [HINT! ,/;].

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