Paper Workshop II

Paper Workshop II - English 125 Paper Workshop: Based on...

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English 125 Paper Workshop: Based on Issues Found in Sample Class Papers 14 November 2008 Organization, Format, and Argument 1. Topic sentences : Each body paragraph should begin with this mini-thesis statement, establishing the argument of that paragraph. Always think about how each paragraph relates to the paper as a whole. Ex: “Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri.” This sentence provides a fact about Maya Angelou’s birth, but it presents no argument; it is not a topic sentence. Improved: Angelou’s difficult childhood exposed her to the injustices of the Jim Crow South. 2. Does the paper have a relevant, clever title? Page numbers? Does the paper have a logical movement? Does it have transitions to make the movement in the paper smooth and satisfying? Does it anticipate readers’ questions? Does it feel unified? Does it answer the questions in the prompt? Does it inform and delight? Citations and Works Cited Page 1. Italicization and Quotation Marks : Titles of books, encyclopedias, journals, and book-long poems are italicized; titles of most poems are in quotation marks 2. Alphabetize entries on your Works Cited Page. 3. Indent the second (and subsequent) line(s) of each entry on your Works Cited Page. 4. When citing an encyclopedia entry from a multi-volume encyclopedia, you must indicate the specific volume of the source cited, and you must reference the author of the entry (usually located at the end of the entry):
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