Expectations of a College Writer……………………………
In any paper, correspondence, or other written communication with your instructor, you must adhere to the following standards:
1. Communicate using Standard English. Papers, correspondence or electronic communications using computer Instant Message Chat Slang or jargon or any such slang, lingo, or other computer-related language will not be accepted.
2. Correctly spell and use the appropriate forms of words. Also, please do not abbreviate words (i.e. thru or info).
|than ≠ then||affect ≠ effect||roll ≠ role|
|beliefs ≠ believes||through ≠ threw||countries ≠ country’s|
|piece ≠ peace||their ≠ there ≠ they’re||your ≠ you’re|
3. Begin each sentence with a capital letter and end with proper punctuation.
4. The titles of books, movies, and artworks should be italicized. The titles of articles should be in “quotes.”
5. Write complete sentences that are clearly worded, not garbled and confusing. Do not use fragments, comma splices or run-on sentences.
6. Avoid glaring grammatical errors. Look up the grammar rules if you do not remember the appropriate usage. Seek help in the writing center, or a grammar handbook such as the Purdue OWL. Grades will suffer because of spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and capitalization errors.
7. When preparing a paper, create a thesis sentence that states the main idea of the essay or a topic sentence that states the main idea of the paragraph. Make sure to close with a strong conclusion that wraps up all your ideas.
8. Organize the major supporting ideas and information so that the reader can follow.
9.Before you submit your responses/writings, please re-read them out-loud (preferably to another human being) to edit spelling, grammar, and sentence structure.
10. Also, I cannot emphasize enough how helpful the writing center is! Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
11. Wikipedia is never a valid source for research. It might lead you to other valid sources, but it by itself is not a valid source.