Were you absent Friday when the outline and prompts were provided in class and have yet to retrieve one since then? If so, visit Friday’s link before beginning today’s writing.
District Timed Writing #3 – Step-by-Step Directions
Formatting the Paper Before Writing
- Double space the entire document before typing
- Save OFTEN
- MLA heading – use # in place of first and last name
- Supplemental resources are available-scroll down
Writing the four to five paragraph paper – See the Rubric Here! Focus on the “Exemplary” column of the rubric and strive to reach at least the “Accomplished” rating.
- Save often
- Edit and revise. Double-check for errors! READ the paper sentence by sentence to avoid awkward sounding writing.
- Attention Grabber – review the guidelines in the handout – link below
- topic sentences and closing sentences – Does each include the correct information?
- thesis statement – Does it include the correct information?
- word choice – Do action verbs out number auxiliary? Review each sentence for overall word choice. Were dead wall words avoided? “CTRL + F” can be used to search for them – be sure to search for all forms of the word.
- run-ons and fragments – Remove them!
- concrete details – Does each one support the main idea, either by further explaining, supporting, or proving the topic sentence true?
- varied sentence beginnings – Adjust where possible to add variation to avoid repetitive use of only a few beginnings and the simple subject/verb beginning.
- varied sentence types – Adjust where possible to employ as many of the four types as possible – adding compound occasionally will help tremendously.
- transitions and transitional expressions – Include transitions throughout every paragraph.
- punctuation – If not positive the punctuation applied is correct, change it.
- POV should always remains 3rd person
- MLA heading and good title – no DTW #3 on this one
- Conclusion – review the guidelines in the handout – link below
- Save to the computer or a flash drive.
- We will not print today. Stay quiet and please afford your neighbors the same quiet environment.
Tuesday’s Plan – READ IT ALL PLEASE
If absent today or Monday, plan to arrive in the library Wednesday with the essay printed and ready to go. If this is a hardship, let’s discuss it ahead of time.
Check your printer options at the start of class to know if you have an option other than “One Note” on your computer. The computer may default to “One Note”, but an option for a printer is available for selection.
Finish typing the paper, reviewing it, editing it, and revising it. Then, label it according to the directions below and print it; BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS TO AVOID PRINTING ON BOTH SIDES.
- topic sentences and closing sentences – underline each one
- thesis statement – underline it in the intro
- word choice – [brackets] around any verb, adjective, adverb or noun strengthening the overall imagery (not parenthesis)
- concrete details – Highlight in turquoise just enough of each sentence to quickly identify the concrete detail within it. The # of concrete details highlighted should match the # on the outline.
- Underline with Highlighter DTW #3
- Orange – Compound or compound-complex sentences
- Blue – any of the sentence beginnings below
- Prep – Part – Inf – App – Ger – DC
- Yellow – transitions or transitional expressions
- Green – main idea in thesis and topic sentences
- Pink – opinion in thesis and topic sentences
Printing and Submitting
- To Print – Once “File” and “Print” or the printer icon shortcut has been clicked, change the option for “Printing on Both Sides” to the one that will allow for “Printing One Side Only”.
- Staple the essay with the outline behind and turn in today.