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Have out your rough draft. Print a copy to room 2308 NOW! . Prepare to edit…. #1 – Checking Elaboration. Underline sentences throughout entire essay alternating colors. Count the number of sentences in each paragraph. Check for elaboration.

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Have out your rough draft print a copy to room 2308 now

Have out your rough draft. Print a copy to room 2308 NOW!

Prepare to edit….


1 checking elaboration

#1 – Checking Elaboration

  • Underline sentences throughout entire essay alternating colors.

  • Count the number of sentences in each paragraph.

  • Check for elaboration.

  • Check for sentence variety: simple, compound, complex, compound-complex

  • Add sentences/details as needed.


2 check for variety of sentence beginnings

#2 – Check for variety of sentence beginnings

  • Draw a triangle on the first word of each sentence.

  • After all words are “triangled,” start at the beginning of the essay and read each word.

  • Check for variety of sentence beginnings. If two consecutive words are the same, consider changing one to achieve a more interesting essay.


3 place an x on the following words

#3 – Place an “X” on the following words.

  • A lot/ Alot

  • Very

  • Many

  • Some

  • Replace or eliminate the word.


4 contractions

#4 - Contractions

  • Circle each contraction in your essay.

  • Write out each correction.

  • Helps create a formal style for your essay.


5 commas

#5 - Commas

  • Place a square around each comma.

  • Check that the comma is doing one of the following:

    1. Introducing a dependent clause

    2. Items in a series

    3. Joining 2 sentences with a coordinating conjunction.

    4. Introducing dialogue


6 semicolons

#6 - Semicolons

  • Circle each semicolon.

  • Make sure it is connecting 2 complete sentences (contains a subject and a verb)


7 to be verbs am is are was were be being been

#7 – “To Be” Verbs: am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been

  • Circle each “to be” verb in your essay.

  • Count the total number of “to be” verbs.

  • Eliminate half by rewriting the sentence, substituting another word, moving the end of your sentence to the beginning.

  • Improves the sound and style of your essay. Keeps essay from sounding too simplistic.


8 thesis statement

8. Thesis Statement

  • Check that your thesis statement is an “umbrella” covering your entire essay.

  • Make sure that every word is specific, significant and effective.

  • Highlight the entire thesis with a new color.

  • Read first paragraph and then read concluding paragraph. In their a connection? Continuity?

  • Revise if necessary


9 essay mla format

#9 – Essay MLA Format

  • Entire heading & text are double spaced

  • Title is centered

  • Last name, page # on upper rt. Corner of the second page.

  • Heading is in the following order:

    • Your name

    • Mrs. Phillips

    • English 1301 – pd.

    • 24 September 2013


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