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1 How To Write An Essay Yes - You Do Need To Know This

2 Why does it matter?

3 The same reason we have these....

4 A suit changes this...

5 Into this...

6 Or - The Same Reason Women Use Make-Up

7 Without Make Up, this...

8 Looks...

9 Like....

10 (Same woman - really!!) THIS!!!

11 What does a suit do? Underneath the suit - the person remains the same. A great person in a suit is a great person in sweatpants and a sweatshirt. But a suit gives a good impression. When you go out on a date - you look your best. The person you like has to like you for things to work, but you want to start off impressing them.

12 Importance What you have to say is ultimately more important then how the essay looks on the surface. But, the less effort the teacher spends being distracted by all the problems with the presentation - the more they can appreciate the brilliance of your work. Little mistakes distract the reader. Follow all the rules so that every words will be fully appreciated. No distractions.

13 Which is better? or They might say the same thing - but they dont start off the same. One makes the reader think poorly of the writer. The other looks good and impresses me. Impress me!

14 Simple Things - Absolutes Font: Times New Roman or Ariel - 12 pt. Left Alignment Black Ink Double Spaced Properly Label at Top of First Page: Name, Class, Subject, Date AND Title

15 Font

16 Legibility Font might not seem like a big deal - and it usually isnt - unless it is distracting. Some fonts might look nice and seem cool but to a reader, it is a pain.

17 Is this easy to ready? The history of rock and roll music is a fantastic and interesting story. There are many twists and turns through the course of the last century leaving us with the music of the modern day. One can easily draw a line to connect the rhythmic blues of the migrant workers brought over from Africa, through the Beatles and connect it to the modern Gangster Rap and Hip Hop. It is not difficult but it is harder than it needs to be.

18 Left Alignment

19 Hardly anyone would think to use Right Alignment The history of rock and roll music is a fantastic and interesting story. There are many twists and turns through the course of the last century leaving us with the music of the modern day. One can easily draw a line to connect the rhythmic blues of the migrant workers brought over from Africa, through the Beatles and connect it to the modern Gangster Rap and Hip Hop.

20 But A Lot Of People Think Centered is Cool The history of rock and roll music is a fantastic and interesting story. There are many twists and turns through the course of the last century leaving us with the music of the modern day. One can easily draw a line to connect the rhythmic blues of the migrant workers brought over from Africa, through the Beatles and connect it to the modern Gangster Rap and Hip Hop. But - it is not cool

21 But Left Alignment is the way it should be The history of rock and roll music is a fantastic and interesting story. There are many twists and turns through the course of the last century leaving us with the music of the modern day. One can easily draw a line to connect the rhythmic blues of the migrant workers brought over from Africa, through the Beatles and connect it to the modern Gangster Rap and Hip Hop.

22 Properly Label Every piece of paper you hand in should have the follow information easily visible, on the front page and at the top right side of the page. You need - Name, Class, Course, (Teacher*), Date. Title - Centered and Underlined *Optional - depending on the subject

23 Example The Brilliance of The Beatles Bob Newheart Mr. Hageman English 1D0H June 6, 2010

24 Paper - Absolutes White Clean Crisp Doodle-free / Stainless Stapled

25 NEVER Hand in late (in fact try to hand in early) Use emoticons or text language Use slang Talk about the essay as an essay

26 Self Evident sentences... This is an example of what I do NOT want to read... I am going to write this essay about the history of jazz music. Jazz music is often referred to as Americas native art form Instead.... Jazz music is often referred to as Americas native art form. I am reading it - I know its an essay!!!

27 Now...the Essay The Format

28 Tab Every new paragraph deserves to be indented. To do this push the TAB button once...

29 Double Spacing In order to read easily and make corrections - there needs to be some space between all the lines. If the lines are too close together, I cant write corrections/comments unless you double space the lines. The above is much easier to edit then this paragraph. It would be much harder to make corrections and notes between the lines if there is no space between the lines

30 Most importantly

31 Never

32 Ever....

33 Under ANY circumstances...

34 cheat

35 When It Comes to Writing Essays Cheating means Plagiarism Claiming to have written something that you did not write. Copying something word-for-word off the internet, from a book, etc. Even one sentence of copying is cheating. Copying a classmates work. Even if you work together - you still have to write your own words.

36 Cheating You cannot cheat by accident. You will be caught. A failing mark is automatically assigned as is a call home.

37 Keep It Simple! Rather than try to look overly smart - just write in simple terms. Try to sound intelligent, but dont use words that you dont understand or so many big words it sounds convoluted. When you read the newspaper, they use simple language to explain their point. That is what we want from you too.

38 The Bibliography The Bibliography is a list of sources (Books, Magazines, Internet Sites, Television Programs, etc.). This list shows the person reading it all the sources you used incase they want to check out the information for themselves.

39 Information... The order is important Author (Last Name, First name) Title Publication City Date URL Address.

40 Example Sendak, Maurice. Where The Wild Things Are. Doubleday Publishing, Inc. Toronto, or Hubbard, L. Ron. Scientology. Micromedia, Inc. April 2,

41 Bibliography The order of the list of information is important. When dealing with more than one source, list them alphabetically by the last name. Not all information is going to be possible, but do your best to include as much as possible. If you cant find the author of a website - you probably shouldnt be trusting it as a reliable source

42 If this is your bibliography l=73:41 l=73:41 l=10:djfwxq8gldte l=10:djfwxq8gldte Expect an incomplete for that part of the essay

43 Why Wikipedia Sucks! Wikipedia is a website that allows anyone to write anything they want about anything. Do I REALLY have to say anything else to explain why you shouldnt use it when trying to look smart? REALLY? Wikipedia itself writes this site should not be used as a primary source of research.

44 Your Most Common Mistakes Have a Title (a REAL title) Make True Statements Dont Ask Questions (just think about what they would be - and answer them) Mention Title and Author in Introduction Dont mention Title/Author in body Never be confusing

45 Dont use a gutter or extra space between paragraphs Dont write like you speak Dont use figurative language or expressions Tab new paragraphs

46 Try not to be repetitive (within paragraphs, outside paragraphs) Quote faithfully (spelling, punctuation) Make sure you quote to prove a point Quote only what you need to prove your point Every quote needs explaining Prove your point

47 Dont use they when you mean him/her Dont use personal pronouns (I, You, We, Us) Dont use the words essay or quote in essay Cite correctly (Author ##). Dont use corrections (cant, dont, wont) Try not to use in conclusion

48 Always explain quotes - by themselves AND how they prove their point Dont use a semicolon unless you know how to use it (or any punctuation) Always have a bibliography! Make sure ALL your sentences are full sentences


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