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  1. English 20-1 Essay Revision and Editing

  2. Titles and Authors • Authors need to be introduced in either the introduction (usually the blueprint) or topic sentences of body paragraphs. • Titles need to be separated from the rest of the writing: • Novels and plays can be underlined or italicized (choose one and stay consistent). • Short stories, poems, and any other text that is part of a larger anthology should be in “quotation marks”. • Do not underline your own title: it hasn’t been published… yet.

  3. Oh, those little conventions… • The words ‘but’ and ‘and’ should never appear at the beginning of a sentence. • Be cautious of the word ‘so’ as a sentence starter: most times, it is not needed. • Alright is not considered a word. Use all right. • Then = time Than = comparison • The apostrophe is used to show ownership. • She cannot meet the expectations of others. • She cannot meet others’ expectations.

  4. And now… more conventions. • Example of a run-on: The apple is tasty I want to eat it. • Run-on sentences can be fixed in one of three ways: • Identify the different, complete, ideas within the sentence, then make them each their own. Ex. The apple is tasty. I want to eat it. • Place a semicolon between the complete ideas. Ex. The apple is tasty; I want to eat it. • Make use of FANBOYS; The apple is tasty, so I want to eat it. • I would like you to meet your friend, the colon: wonderful, useful, and misunderstood. • Colons are often used to extend the idea(s) of a sentence. Most often, the information that follows a colon is in the form of an incomplete sentence.

  5. Quotes • Remember: quotes are used to support your ideas, not be them. I have read and viewed these texts multiple times; I do not need you to copy them word for word. • Ideas that are lacking in strength often benefit from the INTEGRATION of a quote. • You are required to have three INTEGRATED quotes in your essay. This means that they will sound as though they are part of your writing.

  6. Quote Integration Example One: Evelyn wants Ed to notice her so badly that she even goes to an organization which,“[believes] that women [can] find complete happiness if they, in turn, [will] dedicate their entire lives to just making their man happy” (43). • Commas separate your writing from the quote. • Use square brackets to change any words that disrupt the flow of your writing (pronouns, verb tense, etc.). • Page citations are indicated with only a number. Example Two: She feels so helpless that when, “she [wants] to scream out for help…she [just lays] there in that dark pit of her own personal hell” (Flagg, 133). • Ellipses can be used when leaving out chunks of a quote. • If using more than one text, you must indicate which text by referring to the author’s name. Example Three: Once again, Idgie finds herself alone, and this time she, “just can’t take it,” so she decides to leave (93). • Page citations come at the end of the sentence, regardless of where the quote may appear.

  7. Finally, my pet peeves. • Space properly. Indents are used to indicate the beginning of a new paragraph; this removes the need to leave an extra space between paragraphs. • Using the title of the text(s) as your own title. These have been taken… you cannot use them. • Signposting • This proves… • In this paragraph…. • In this essay…