ARLT 100g Masters of Power: 10 Ancient Lives Spring 2007 Writing Skills What sort of writing skills are you expected to demonstrate in each of our three writing assignments? Below are a list and description of several basic skills: 1. Your grammar, syntax and spelling should be error-free. This includes: complete sentences; agreement of subject and verb; correct use of relative clauses and pronouns like “who,” “which,” “that”; correct punctuation, including proper use of commas, semi-colons, and colons. Avoid use of the passive tense unless it’s required by the meaning you’re trying to convey. 2. Your vocabulary should make use of words that are precise, expressive, varied, and sophisticated. Pay special attention to verbs and adjectives. Do not overuse forms of the verb “to be” (is, are, was, were, has been, etc.); instead, use verbs that are vivid, forceful and exact in their meanings. Avoid bland adjectives and overused adjectives: for example, under no circumstances should you describe
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This note was uploaded on 05/10/2009 for the course ARLT 101g taught by Professor Gustafson during the Spring '07 term at USC.