The annotated gradesheet is a DRAFT document. I welcome your recommendations for its improvement (especially if you spot any typos).
I also invite you to check out a small but growing collection of pointers I've begun to gather at Wood's Writing Guide.
Note to students submitting work: Because of the many ways that a browser can display an HTML document, you may not submit this page as your gradesheet. Use the PDF gradesheet instead.
And remember: I'm happy to discuss exceptions to any of these rules/tools during the draft-phase of your work.
Questions, edits, recommendations, or broken-link reports? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Basics - Assignment Accomplish the learning goals of this paper described on the syllabus, explained in classroom conversations, and elaborated in supplemental emails.
Advice on deadlines: Tighten and backdate your deadlines, plan on multiple drafts before submission, and schedule an office hour visit for individual consultation (not editing).
Basics - Format Use double-space, 12-point Times New Roman, one-inch margins.
Exception: single-space name, course, and paper title on first page.
Don't append a title page.
Number all pages.
Set line spacing to avoid empty rows between indented paragraphs.
Advice on margins: Use the table edges of your PDF gradesheet as a margin guide.
For sustainability purposes, you are encouraged (but not required) to use recycled paper
|2||Basics - Length Limit three lines above or below page range.|
|3||Organization - Forecast Preview each major section of your paper in a single sentence placed within your introduction paragraph.|
|4||Organization - Review Summarize each major section of your paper in a single sentence placed within your conclusion paragraph.|
Organization - Topic Sentences Forecast main idea in a topic sentence (per paragraph).
Class-specific note: I expect you to place topic sentences at the beginning of your paragraphs. Exceptions may be made, but only after consultation with me (prior to assignment deadline).
Organization - Body Sentences Employ a subject and verb. Avoid fragments.
• Review OWL's resource
to learn more .
Organization - Paragraph Length Avoid mini-graphs or paragraphs exceeding a page.
Class-specific note: As with the class rule on topic sentences, exceptions to the rule on paragraph length may be made, but only after consultation with me (prior to assignment deadline).
• Review OWL's resource on paragraphs to learn more.
Organization - Transitions Develop a justification to shift from paragraph to paragraph.
Class-specific note: Never begin or end a paragraph with quoted material.
• Review OWL's resource on transitions to learn more.
Evidence - Course Readings As assignment requires, include meaningful quotations (and/or paraphrases with citation) from readings.
• Review OWL's resource on quotations to learn more.
Evidence - Non-course Readings Attach highlighted photocopies from quoted and/or paraphrased pages.
Unless otherwise directed, do not use "internet only" sources.
Duplicate citations do not contribute to minimum research requirements.
Evidence - APA In-Text Citations Only include author, year, and (when quoting) page or paragraph number.
Here is an example: Wood (2006) states, "evidence is important" (p. 99).
Here is another example: "Evidence is important" (Wood, 2006, p. 99).
Block-quote excerpts exceeding 40 words.
Class-specific note: Do not include article title or extraneous information about authors.
• Review OWL's resource on in-text citations to learn more.
Evidence - APA Reference Page Append APA style (Sixth Edition) reference page.
Class-specific note: Reference pages do not count as part of page limit.
• Review OWL's resource on APA style to learn more.
Editing - Grammar and Spelling Ensure that your work meets professional standards.
• Review OWL's resource on grammar to learn more.
Editing - Apostrophes Attend to this oft-misunderstood punctuation mark (especially the difference between "its" and "it's").
Do not use apostrophes for dates (1900s), plural numbers (figures 8s), or abbreviations (IOUs).
• Review OWL's resource on apostrophes to learn more.
Semicolons Relate independent clauses. Differentiate comma-using elements.
• Visit my blog-post on semicolons to learn more.
Editing - Quotation Marks Place commas and periods inside quotation marks.
Example: "Edit carefully," Wood said, "and pay attention to detail."
• Review OWL's resource on quotation marks to learn more.
Editing - General Mechanics Use periods, commas, colons, capitalization, and other tools correctly.
Do not capitalize theories.
Avoid exclamation marks.
Prose - Clichés and Hackneyed Phrases
Some phrases are overused -
Note: a cliché in quotes is still a cliché.
|19||Prose - Active voice Avoid wordiness, puffery (eg., "use" vs."utilize"), or awkward construction. Employ direct prose.|
Prose - Empty modifiers Avoid words like "extremely" and "very."
Class-specific note: Exceptions may be made, but only after consultation with me (prior to assignment deadline).