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Writing Workshop 3. Grade Breakdown. 4- 90 3.5- 85 3- 80 2.5- 75 2- 70 1.5- 65 1- 59 . Papers were graded by two teachers. The scores were then averaged together and rounded to the nearest .5 in most cases.

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    1. Writing Workshop 3

    2. Grade Breakdown • 4- 90 • 3.5- 85 • 3- 80 • 2.5- 75 • 2- 70 • 1.5- 65 • 1- 59 Papers were graded by two teachers. The scores were then averaged together and rounded to the nearest .5 in most cases. Papers where the majority of words came directly from the article received a 40%.

    3. 1. Direct Quotes If you use the words of the article, you MUST place in quotes even if it’s just one or two words! Example: “first hired” and “last fired” This phrasing comes straight from the article, so you can’t just insert it in your paper and change the words around it. It needs quotation marks and a citation.

    4. 2. Plagiarism What is it? Portraying someone else’s words as your own, either intentionally (on purpose) or unintentionally (not on purpose). How to avoid plagiarism: Become familiar with the topic so that you can write the paper without looking at the article. Double-check your paper for any wording that comes from another source. Cite information that did not come from your own brain.

    5. Paraphrasing Paraphrasing occurs when you take the information found in the article, process it in your own mind, and spit it back out in your own words. This is acceptable if you cite the source. Paraphrasing is NOT moving a few words around in the sentence or using synonyms for a few of the key words. This is NOT acceptable unless you put their words in quotes.

    6. 3) Inserting Quotes Remember TAG in the intro for the primary article or text! Additional articles can be tagged throughout the paper as needed. Title Author Genre According to the article “Elon Studies the Future of ‘Generation Always-On’” by Dan Anderson, youth of today have a “thirst for instant gratification.” According to a study by Elon University, young people are living a “hyper-connected lifestyle.” Danah Boyd, senior researcher with Microsoft, stated, “There is no doubt that brains are being rewired.”

    7. 4. Dropped Quotes Quotes should never just be dropped in and left for your reader to decide how they relate. Do a quotation sandwich ALWAYS! Mrs. Wilson, the greatest teacher at BTWHS, states that writers should “always use a quotation sandwich when quoting from an article” (2). Quotation sandwiches help readers understand the author’s ideas more fully.

    8. 5. Formatting The biggest issue was formatting of citations. Say the author’s name was Sandra Smith, and the information came from page 5, your citation would look like this. (Smith 5). Notice (1) only the author’s last name is used. (2) There is no comma between the name and page number. (3) The period is after the parentheses.

    9. 4. Formatting cont… If there is no author, cite a shortened version of the title. Remember to put in quotation marks since article titles should be in quotation marks. Correct Example: (“Down But Not Out”). If there is no page number, leave it out.

    10. Format Reminders 12 pt. font, New Times Roman or Courier Indent for new paragraphs Double-spaced Heading Top left hand corner Your Name Teacher’s Name Subject Date Assignment is Due

    11. 6. Organization • Highlight/Underline the first sentence and last sentence of your paragraph(s) in green • Check to see if your topic sentence could be improved by adding a strong verb and making sure that it states the idea of that paragraph • Check to see if your concluding sentence takes a stance or revisits the topic in some way

    12. 7.) A THESIS STATEMENT… is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper. Directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself.

    13. Thesis Statements make a claim that others might dispute. is usually a single sentence at the end of your first paragraph that presents your topic or argument to the reader.

    14. WHY DO I NEED A THESIS STATEMENT? to test your ideas by putting them into a sentence or two to better organize and develop your argument to provide your reader with a “guide” to your argument

    15. WRITING THE PERFECT THESIS Topic: The subject of your paper contained within the prompt Claim: Strong Verb (no linking verbs) Direction: Your reasons (star ideas) Qualifier: Some form of showing (because, to, since, therefore, thus) Universal idea: Your ideas (what you are trying to prove)

    16. Practice Given the recent rise in social media among teenagers, should parents be able to monitor their child’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram?

    17. REMEMBER “THEMES” T ime H ealth E ducation M oney E nvironment S afety

    18. Topic: Claim: Direction: Qualifier: Universal idea:

    19. Practice Given the recent school shootings, should teachers carry handguns at school?

    20. Topic: Claim: Direction: Qualifier: Universal idea:

    21. Should Taylor Swift be given another chance at a relationship with this guy? Explain why or why not. Underline evidence on your lyrics sheet. Practice