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 Â¶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 â€œa new can of worms.â€
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 â€œwrite for youâ€â€”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 â€œworks citedâ€ or â€œbibliographyâ€ 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 â€“ library has manual. If youâ€™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 â€œfix the small
thingsâ€ = put on band-aids; you work with spelling, fragments, punctuation, make sure
your quotations are correct, â€¦ When you revise, you do major surgery. You add Â¶s,
subtract Â¶s, change order so that you progress logically, add quotations, add discussion of
same to paper, â€¦ 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 (â€œhe has bad table manors,â€ â€œ in mid evil times,â€ â€œOthello constipated his marriage
in Cyprus,â€ â€œthe Prince of Whalesâ€ are all authentic examples â€“ and THEY ARE
LEGION! Donâ€™t join the growing list!).
The smaller stuff:
1. no contractions (isnâ€™t, wonâ€™t). Contractions belong in the maternity ward.
2. â€œyouâ€ is no fun in papers. I have had â€œwhenever you kill your husbandâ€ (MOI!?!)
and â€œwhen you do a back flip from the top of the cheerleading pyramidâ€â€”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 â€œWebsterâ€™s dictionary defines â€œloveâ€ as
â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€ or â€œAlready the ancient Egyptians were aware that…â€(think about
6. I usually allow a writing class student two sets of dashes (whatâ€™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 â€“ try to avoid
this irritant. How can you solve this problem? [HINT! ,/;].