A paragraph is a unified grouping of sentences controlled by one main
idea. This main idea is called the topic sentence, and the topic sentence
should be first. From controlling words in the topic sentence the writer
is able to develop supporting details. In a well developed paragraph at
least three supporting details should be given. The last component of
a paragraph is the concluding sentence which should basically restate
the ideas mentioned in the topic sentence.
Paragraphs must be written in black or blue ink and turned in on loose-leaf
paper. Your paragraphs must also be double-spaced. If the above mentioned
guidelines are not followed, points will be deducted from your paragraph.
Remember to indent the first sentence of a paragraph. IN THE TOP RIGHT
CORNER OF YOUR PAPER, WRITE YOUR NAME, THE DATE, AND YOUR COURSE REFERENCE
Your instructor will take two points off for errors in grammar, mechanics
and spelling. Five points will be deducted for sentence errors (run-ons,
comma splices, fragments). Up to twenty points will be deducted for organization.
Five points will be deducted for each of the following--not on loose-leaf
paper, not done in black ink, not double-spaced.
LETTER GRADE CONVERSIONS
A = 95 B+ = 88 C+ = 78 D+ = 68
A- = 90 B = 85 C = 75 D = 65
B- = 80 C- = 70 D- = 60 F = 50
Plagiarism is stealing and using the ideas or writings of another writer.
Any paper turned into me that I even suspect has been plagiarized will
receive a grade of zero. Plagiarism is also grounds for administrative
IDIOSYNCRASIES (Pet Peeves)
Each English instructor has his or her own set of subjective criteria
for the evaluation of writing. The following are a few of mine:
* Refrain from the use of profanity.
* Unless your paper is a process (how-to) paper, do not write from the
second person point of view (you, your, yours)
*Your conclusion should not include the following words-"this is..."
Many times this semester you will be afforded the opportunity to rewrite
or revise your original paper. When class time is given for this purpose,
you are expected to be present. If you are absent on a revision day and
do not call the instructor concerning your absence, you automatically
forfeit your opportunity to revise, and the grade from your original paper
will be recorded.
When you are writing papers in this class, consider your audience. Many
times you will be involved in small peer-editing groups where you exchange
papers. Your classmates, then, are a segment of your audience. However,
as your instructor, I am also part of your audience, for ultimately your
paper gets to me for grading. Therefore, you need to be careful with word
choice AND content. I have no interest in reading about
people's sex lives or criminal activities. Keep in mind that you DO
NOT want to include information in writing that could be used
against you if a legal situation arises.