1. Random thinking: Start by making a
list of at least 10 ideas, topics,
questions, statements, and anything
that comes into your mind.
~A writer can be inspired by any source to
begin random thinking: the news, television
Here are some quick hints on commas.
One way of using a comma is to join transitions. On the other hand, in the mean time, for example, in
other words, all depend on other phrases.
Commas are important in order to separate words or objects in a series.
March 16, 2012
Thesis: Gay marriage should be legalized in all states such as the recent law passed in Maryland allowing
same-sex couples to wed because all humans are equal and deserve the chance to be lega
Conclusion paragraph review:
Go to the above url passage regarding conclusion paragraphs. After reading the short passage, list two things
that you already knew about conclusion paragraphs and
In-text citation notes
~Introduce the source the first time you
mention it in the paper!
~When paraphrasing be sure to include
the author name, introduce, and page
number (Smith 274).
~When quoting, identify the speaker and
then cite the page number (Smit
Some Conventions of Standard Formal Written English
The written English language that is used in academia and business is not the same language that most
Americans use conversationally in daily communication.
Formal English differs in several ways-the
Thesis: If students at a young age develop quality listening skills, comprehend directions and
address disabilities, learning experiences will be enhanced in helping children become a better
To narrow a general topic, focus on the smaller parts of it until you find one that is
interesting and specific.
Divide into Small categories:
Water Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay
Violence on te
Determine your assignment:
Analyze: to distinguish parts of something and their relationship.
Apply: to use material from one area of knowledge and relate it to another.
Assess: determine the success or failure of something.
Clarify: to make complex subje
~Below is a list of techniques, and examples of the techniques, used to make your
introductory paragraph more interesting. Remember that the introduction is an exposition, or
background information about the topic, which will lead the a