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Copy of Rules for Writing
Transcript of Copy of Rules for Writing
You should have noted a difference between formal and informal attire. The same goes for writing! Different types of writing are appropriate for different scenarios.
Formal vs. Informal Writing:
Tips and guidelines for writing
Job Cover Letters
Pros and Cons
Uses casusal expression/grammar
More relaxed, but less convincing
Does not portray academic excellence
The FORMAL Formula:
How to write for academic excellence
1. MLA Formatting
1 inch margins
Last name with page #
Title (No Cover Page)
Double space the whole thing
2. Content and Organization
1 arguement/reason/focus per paragraph to support your thesis
Open each with topic sentence
Use transitions between paragraphs
Using quotes in your writing
Use quotes to support/prove your own ideas
ALWAYS use the quote sandwich
introduce the quote
Use an in-text citation after your quote
use quote - include in-text citation
In- Text Citations
Conclusion should mirror your introduction
Specific --> general
3. Tips to Remember
- Stay in 3rd person. Do not use "I", "you", "me", "my", "our", etc.
Using 1st or 2nd person weakens your argument and confuses your reader
Stay in present tense
Use specific language (avoid using things, stuff, a lot)
Avoid cliches, expressions, and figures of speech
Used to credit your sources
Only sources your ACTUALLY cited should be in your works cited.