Write the Paper Right!! Proper Setup!



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Write the Paper Right!!

Proper Setup!

  • My Karma Ran Over Your Dogma
  • One space
  • 1” Margins
  • 1” Margins
  • First Last
  • Month XX, Year
  • Assignment Title
  • Block X
  • An INTERESTING Title
  • Two spaces

Structure

  • Intro
    • Hook
    • Background
    • Thesis
  • Body
    • Thesis support
    • Details
    • Transitions
  • Conclusion
  • {

Thesis Statement

  • Guides the Reader
  • Parallel Structure

Parallel Structure

  • WRONG
  • He likes to run, going swimming, and riding a bike.
  • RIGHT
  • He likes to run, bike, and swim.
  • He likes running, biking, and swimming.

Support

  • Body Paragraphs
  • Match order of thesis points
  • Contain support only for that point (FOCUS)
  • Use specific text support (3)
    • Quotes
    • Examples
    • EXPLAIN the support – don’t drop it in!!

Internal Citations

  • “Dog is man's best friend" is a common saying that may contain some truth, but dogs are not the only animal friend providing people companionship they enjoy. According to “Pet Statistics,” over 1,400,000 people call their cat best friend. Despite what dog lovers may believe, cats make excellent pets. In fact, 1 in 4 cat owners previously owned a dog an prefer cats as pet. (Author) If cats are the preferred pet…

To Cite or Not to Cite…

  • If the information did not come from your brain - your original thought – then it should be cited!!
  • 80-90% of your paper should be
  • YOUR ORIGINAL THOUGHT
  • I read the book – I want to know what you think about what you read!!

Works Cited

  • Spell it correctly!!
  • Centered & bold
  • Separate page
  • Format the citations correctly
  • Use www.easybib.com
  • Alphabetize by first word in citation
  • Do NOT number or bullet the list
  • Use the hanging outdent
  • Change the font to match

Author’s Name

  • First Use: First Name and Last Name
  • Harper Lee, uses….in To Kill a Mockingbird to …
  • Future Uses: Last Name
  • Lee uses figurative language to…
  • The author

Characters

  • Introduce – who are they?
  • Describe – what are they like?
  • Explain – relationships between characters
  • Not only does this help your reader, it adds credibility to your writing!!

Psst...Books Don’t Talk!!

    • The book states…
    • The novel says…
    • In the play it states…
    • The novel shows…
    • The quote shows…

Italics…OR…Quotes?

  • Italics
  • Novel - One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Play - Death of a Salesman
  • Long Poem - Paradise Lost
  • Movies - Drive
  • Quotation Marks
  • Chapter titles (not chapter numbers)
  • Short stories
  • Short poems
  • Newspaper and magazine articles
  • Essays

Avoid…

  • You
  • I
  • We/Our
  • The reader
  • One
  • Maybe if you open your eyes…
  • Often the reader will…
  • We know that…

Careful… Don’t Drop the Quote

  • “Dog is man's best friend." This common saying may contain some truth, but dogs are not the only animal friend whose …
  • “Dog is man's best friend" is a common saying that may contain some truth, but dogs are not the only animal friend whose …

Verbs

  • Novel Events – Present Tense
  • Arnold clearly likes Penelope…
  • Author’s Life – Past Tense
  • It may be clear from the way Alexie describes Arnold, that he didn’t have much of a social life himself.

Don’t Use…

  • Contractions
    • don’t
    • won’t
    • didn’t
  • Vague Words
    • many
    • some
    • most
  • Absolutes
    • always
    • never
    • all boys
  • Boring Words
    • bad
    • ugly
    • sad

Verbs

  • Novel Events – Present Tense
  • Arnold clearly likes Penelope…
  • Author’s Life – Past Tense
  • It may be clear from the way Alexie describes Arnold, that he didn’t have much of a social life himself.

Spell Check – Run it!!

Proofread

  • Spell check is GREAT; however…
    • form – from
    • red – read
  • Word choice – is it the right word?
    • they’re, their, there
    • to, too, two
    • because, since
    • then, than

What did you mean?

Just the FACTS…

Word Count

  • Make every word count…
  • You have a budget – be mindful!!
  • Due to the fact that = Considering
  • Don’t be repetitive – say it well once


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