Stimulating Ideas Clear and Strong Focus Address the prompt accurately Appropriate details/ examples to support thesis Facts Incidents Reasons Examples Statistics ** Cannot be exaggerated or “far-fetched”… avoid definitive words (ALL, ALWAYS, NOTHING…) Evidence of understanding Show DEPTH… no superficial support… no vagueness… no ambiguity
Logical Organization Sentence to Sentence Paragraph to paragraph Method of Organization is effectively chosen Clear beginning, middle, end of essay Transitions used (SO, AND, BUT are NOT transitions Ideas are not loosely organized Ideas/ sentences do NOT jump around
Engaging Voice DON’T YELL AT YOUR READER!!! Well, don’t have a conversation, like, with your reader… Learn how to be enthusiastic and passionate, yet - do not accuse or yell at your reader -do not exaggerate -use an appropriate tone No CAPS, no italics, no bold, no !!!!!!!!! Use vocabulary to convey enthusiasm
Original Word Choice Needs specific nouns, verbs, modifiers DO NOT USE DEAD WORDS No slang! Stay formal! No conversational/colloquial language
Flow: Smooth Reading Sentences Ideas flow smoothly from one sentence to the next Sentence variety (NOT choppy) Uses transitions No fragments, no run-ons…
Correct, Accurate Copy Formatting guidelines are followed Edited Sentences are well-thought It makes sense! No contractions No abbreviations No CAPS No !!!!!!