Monday Recap

  • Comma Rules
    • Serial or Oxford Comma (lists of 3 or more things)
      • I like almonds and cashews.
      • I like blueberries, apples, and oranges.
    • Comma with 2 independent clauses or NO Comma
      • Denise had toast, and Bella had pancakes.
      • Denise had toast and fed the cat.
    • Comma after an introductory phrase at the beginning of a sentence
      • When the alarm goes off in the morning, I am sound asleep and dreaming.

Your Essays Will be Evaluated According to This Criteria:

  • Purpose and Focus The extent to which you present information in a unified and

coherent manner, clearly addressing the issue.

  • Do you have an introduction that helps your reader understand the ideas and scope of your essay?
  • Do you have a strong thesis?
  • Organization and Structure The extent to which you order and connect ideas.
    • Do each of your paragraphs work to support the thesis in an explicit way?
  • Development and Support The extent to which you develop and support ideas.
    • Have you explained your ideas sufficiently?
    • Do you have details and specific examples?
  • Sentence Variety and Style The extent to which you craft sentences and paragraphs

demonstrating control of vocabulary, voice and structure.

  • Do you have long and short sentences?
  • Does your essay have the following expressions:
  • For instance
  • For example
  • In addition to
  • Mechanical Conventions The extent to which you express ideas using Standard

Written English.

  • Proofread your essay for spelling and grammar!
  • Critical Thinking The extent to which you communicate a point of view and

demonstrate reasoned relationships among ideas.

After looking over the bullet points above, consider your essay about obstacles.

  • What do you think is particularly well-done or strong about your essay?
  • What do you think needs more work or revision because it is weak or unclear?