Writing Assignments

 

Heading

All assignments must have a heading with your name and the hour

You may use a nickname for your first name, but your last name should be the same as it appears on school records.The heading should go in the upper right corner of the paper.

 

 

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Format

Assignments must be typed or neatly printed in blue or black ink.

You are strongly encouraged to use a computer to type your paper.

 

††††††††††† Papers written in cursive will not be accepted.

††††††††††† Papers written or printed with a pencil will not be accepted.

 

Use one side of the paper only.

 

Use proper paragraph form.

 

Submitting Your Work

Turn in your work when the teacher asks for it.Do not leave your paper on the teacherís desk unless you are told to do so.If you leave your paper where it doesnít belong, do not get upset if it gets lost.

 

Before Your Begin

Jot down your ideas on a piece of paper.Look for logical connections, and then create an outline that organizes your thoughts.Here is a simple organizational plan for a short essay.

 

I.††††††††† Introduction

††††††††††† A. †††††† It should begin with a few sentences to get your readers

††††††††††††††††††††††† interested in your subject.

††††††††††† B.††††††† The last sentence of your introduction should state the

††††††††††††††††††††††† central point of your paper.This is called your thesis

††††††††††††††††††††††† statement.

II.††††††††† Body

††††††††††† A.††††††† Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence that supports your

††††††††††††††††††††††† thesis.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1.†††††††† You should have supporting details in the paragraph.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 2.†††††††† Supporting details can be facts or statistics.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.†††††††† Logical reasons can also be supporting details.

††††††††††† B.††††††† Begin your second paragraph with another topic sentence.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1.†††††††† Supporting details go here.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 2.†††††††† More supporting details

††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.†††††††† Still more supporting details.

††††††††††† C.††††††† Begin your third paragraph with another topic sentence.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1.†††††††† Supporting details go here.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 2.†††††††† More supporting details

††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.†††††††† Still more supporting details.

III.†††††††† Conclusion

††††††††††† A.††††††† One way to conclude your paper is to sum up your main points

††††††††††† B.††††††† You might also want to re-state your thesis.

 

Your First Draft

Turn your outline into paragraphs.The introduction should be your first paragraph.In a short essay, each main division of the body should be its own paragraph.The conclusion should also be a separate paragraph.

 

In the sample outline shown above, the paper would have five paragraphs.

 

Editing Your Work

After youíve written your first draft, look it over and see if there is anything you need to change.When youíre satisfied with your work, give it to another student and have him or her check it over.

 

Things to look for when editing a paper.

††††††††††† Correct sentence structure

††††††††††† Topic sentence at the beginning of each paragraph in the body

††††††††††† Logical organization

††††††††††† Spelling and grammar errors

 

The Final Draft

When youíre completely satisfied with your paper, print it out or copy it over with blue or black ink.