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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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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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