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Title: Common Errors Seen in Essays


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Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • The following information is intended to help you
    write a better rough draft. In writing a better
    rough draft, hopefully you will create a
    well-written final draft. By creating a
    well-written final draft, in theory you will earn
    a respectable grade. Earning a better grade
    allows your parents and me the opportunity to be
    proud of you. If we are proud of you, one of us
    may buy you a new car!

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Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • Yeah, right!
  • The chances that writing a great essay will get
    you a new car are slim, but you should STILL pay
    attention to this power point.
  • After all, (whether youre willing to admit it or
    not) you would rather do well on the final
    product than horribly!

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Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • All of your sentences should have a subject and a
    verb. In other words each sentence should be a
    complete thought.
  • Your sentences should also vary meaning you
    should have a variety of sentences structures.
  • Your DGP notes include examples
  • of simple, compound, and
  • complex sentences.

4
Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • If all of your sentences were simple sentences
    that would be BORING!
  • This story had a setting.
  • Imagery was used a lot.
  • Its mood was dark.
  • THESE ARE ALL SIMPLE SENTENCES AND A SNORE FEST!

5
Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • A Compound Sentence looks like this
  • The author heightened suspense by leaving the
    cause of the accident unknown, so the point of
    view was quite limited.
  • A Complex Sentence looks like this
  • The main character was forced to exercise
    self-control, which began to emerge as a central
    theme throughout the story.

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Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • Be careful with subordinating conjunctions like
    because.
  • I like cheeseburgers. Because they
  • taste good to me. (NO!)
  • I like cheeseburgers because they taste
  • good to me. (YES!)
  • Because they taste good to me, I like
    cheeseburgers. (YES!)

7
Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • More about because
  • There is NEVER a comma before the word because.
  • Trust me. I KNOW what Im
  • talking about!

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Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • In a formal essay (and this WILL BE a
  • formal essay) you should not have the
  • following
  • Contractions---do not write didnt instead write
    did not
  • (2) Abbreviations---do not write TV instead
    write television (dont use either, for
    example)
  • (3) Mnemonics---letters like IDK in place of I
    dont know

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Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • Also..
  • (3) Spell out numbers less than 100
  • (4) The final copy should be written in blue
  • or black ink (No pencil will be accepted)
  • (5) Skip lines
  • (6) Do not write on the back of
  • your paper

10
Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • And just so you know..
  • A lot is TWO words!!!
  • If you write alot it will be considered a
  • spelling error, and I will take off two points!

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Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • Be mindful of splitting up or hyphenating
  • words at the end of the line.
  • If you dont want to be guilty of this common
    error, simply avoid it all together.
  • If you must though, make sure you break
  • the word up at its complete syllable.
  • Examples dig-ging read-ing

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Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • Here are a few more rules..
  • Never break up a one-syllable word.
  • Never hyphenate a word that already has a hyphen.
  • Never split a proper noun (any noun starting with
    a capital letter).
  • Never leave one or two letters on either line.
  • Never put the first or last letter of a word at
    the end or beginning of a line.
  • Never start the new line with two-letter
    suffixes.

13
Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • Again, to be on the safe
  • side simply avoid
  • splitting up your words
  • all together!

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Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • Keep in mind that your teacher has
  • assigned you this essay therefore, there
  • are a few things you should NEVER
  • write in your essays!
  • Are you paying
  • attention??

15
Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • For example
  • In this essay I am going to explain..
  • In the following paragraph I will.
  • These are the reasons why
  • Now you know about.
  • I hope you enjoyed reading my essay.

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Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • As you prepare to write the rough draft of
  • your body paragraphs, you will need to
  • include transitional words or phrases.
  • Transitional words or phrases help your
  • writing flow better. They assist the
  • writer in going from one thought to
  • another, one idea to next, or even one
  • paragraph to the following one.

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Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • You MUST have TWO transitional words
  • or phrases per body paragraph. You are
  • being given a very limited list of transitions.
  • You must choose from this list only.
  • Why?? You lack experience with these
  • types or words/phrases therefore, I see
  • students using them incorrectly in their
  • writing all the time!

18
Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • Transitional words or phrases from which
  • you should choose

First Second Third Next
For example For instance Finally In conclusion
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Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • Make sure the transitional words or phrases are
    placed correctly. Do not just plug them in
    anywhere to fulfill the requirement.
  • Again, you must use TWO transitions per body
    paragraph.
  • Additionally, use a transitional word or phrase
    only once. Soooo, after you have written third,
    do not use it again.

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Common Errors Seen in Essays
  • I have graded NUMEROUS essays,
  • and the same problems tend to
  • come up every year.
  • APPLY the information you have been
  • exposed to today in order to produce
  • a better essay.
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