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Writing Assignment Primer

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Transcript of Writing Assignment Primer

So you've been given a writing assignment...
What next?
Read the assignment sheet critically...

Determine the paper's
purpose
,
audience
, and
requirements
.

Create a
checklist
to use during and after writing!
Look for keywords like
concepts
from the
topics
you're studying and
verbs
like argue, describe, define, explain, compare/ contrast, etc.

These keywords will help you determine the topic of the writing and the task the paper is supposed to accomplish.
2. Essay Structure
If your professor says to write an essay, then write an
introduction
, 3+
body paragraphs
, and a
conclusion
.

Remember typical paragraph length is
6-10 sentences
!
1. Break it down.
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Purpose
Writing Assignment Primer:
A Refresher for Writing in the Disciplines

Audience
Look for details about what your readers care about, like the preferred
citation style
, the level of
formality
they expect, the level of
expertise
they operate at.

(These details will help you make choices about wording, organization, and documentation as you write.)
Requirements
Length
: How long should the paper be in pages, paragraphs, and/or word count?

What
organization
should you use? Which ideas should you discuss in each paragraph?

What key
terms or concepts
should you employ? How should you work with them?
3 important reminders
1. Break It Down
2. Essay Structure
3. Writing Process
Introduction
Sentences 1-2: Start with a
hook
or attention-getter, like a statistic, question, quick anecdote (personal story), or thought-provoking idea.

Sentences 3-4: Then, provide relevant
context
to
narrow
the topic and
transition
to the thesis. Intro paragraphs usually start broadly then move to a specific issue.

Sentence 5: Last, provide your
thesis
(a 1-sentence statement of your overall point or argument).
Body Paragraphs
Sentence 1: Start with a
topic sentence
that links directly back to your thesis.

Sentences 2-6ish
*
: Then, provide 2-3
reasons
supporting your topic sentence. After each reason, provide
appropriate, CITED evidence
to support the reason. Next,
explain
the evidence in terms of the topic sentence.

Last Sentence: Write a
concluding sentence
to remind the reader of the overall point of the paragraph.
Concluding Paragraph
Sentence 1: Remind your reader of your
thesis
, without re-stating it word-for-word.

Sentences 2-3ish: Remind your reader of your
main points
(ideas in the topic sentences).

Sentence 4ish: Add any
parting thoughts
.

Last sentence: Return to the
hook
from your intro paragraph to create a nice bookend effect, if you like!
3. Writing Process
Remember that writing is a process that happens in stages.

Plan time for each stage.
Planning
List
Freewrite
Research

Review
Read
Outline
Drafting
Prep for citation
Flesh out that outline!

Don't limit yourself to drafting all sentences and paragraphs in order, though. Just let it happen, eventually completing all the parts of essay or paragraph structure.

You should find that your
understanding
of the subject
grows

as you write
.
That's the goal!
Perfecting
Proofread, edit, peer review, revise. Repeat!

You may find you need to do more research or need to revise the thesis. Be prepared to return to those earlier stages as needed--the process is cyclical, not linear!
Questions?
Need help?
The Writing Center can help
with PLANNING!
The Writing Center can help
with DRAFTING!
The Writing Center can
help with PERFECTING!
Checklist
Use those details about
purpose
,
audience
, and
requirements
to create a checklist to refer to as you draft and to use as you proofread.

This is your first task!
*Remember:

1. Cite everything that is not common knowledge.

2. Put wording you take from the original source in quotes.

3. You must cite words you borrow from other writers AND you must cite ideas you borrow, too, even if you change the wording.
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