Next class will be Tuesday May 28th.
- Download the instructions on how to create an MLA template in Microsoft Word: https://www.sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/kpu/download/aw1-how-to-create-an-mla-style-template/
- following the instructions, create your own template and save it on your computer (or on a USB drive if you are using a public or university computer).
- Write draft #2 of your essay #1 (the one about your big decision, not the one about “What is an essay?”).
- If possible, use your new MLA template. That’s what it’s for!
- Email it to me by Monday midnight. No need to print it out or to bring it to class. Just email it to me.
Academic writing rules and conventions:
- Academic writing is not “expressive” writing: the purpose is not for you to express your opinion. It should be fact-based, not opinion-based.
- Use A4 paper
- Use indent style not block style (with a nice big indent; don’t be shy!)
- Leave no blank lines between paragraphs
- Avoid non-academic language (conversational English, contractions like “don’t”, “isn’t”, etc.)
- Don’t begin new sentences with “And”, “But” or “Because” but instead keep them as part of the same sentence.
- One paragraph, one topic. New topic, new paragraphs. Keep sentences about the same topic together.
- Don’t use “we” without first defining who the subject (“we”) is. “We” is a pronoun: it is supposed to replace a noun previously referred to.
After re-reading the introduction and conclusion of the model essay in the textbook (pages 15-16), re-write your introduction (or conclusion, as per instructions).
What do you think the following three principles mean?
- TANSTAAFL (“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch”)
- The non-aggression principle
- Natural givens vs. the man-made
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