***ALWAYS READ YOUR WORK BEFORE TURNING IT IN.
- Head paper as shown on the back.
- No white out; ONE LINE THROUGH MISTAKES.
- More than three cross-outs on a paper to be turned in? Recopy!
- CURSIVE, unless otherwise instructed for all final drafts, and work turned in.
- Dark blue or black ink, not markers.
- Pencil may be used for drawing, brainstorming, prewriting, rough drafts.
- Do not circle, underline or quote things for no reason.
- Do not write THE END.
- When using dialogue, start a new paragraph when another person (character) speaks.
- Check the rules for dialogue in your grammar book if you are uncertain.
- Paragraph length: Sixth Grade=6-8 sentences, Seventh Grade=7-9 sentences,
- Eighth Grade=8-10 sentences. Assignments will vary in length (number of paragraphs).
USING THE COMPUTER:
***MAKE SURE YOUR COMPUTER AND PRINTER ARE BOTH WORKING. ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE TURNED IN ON TIME.
- Do not use all capitals.
- Tab once for paragraphs.
- Use textbook fonts: HELVETICA, PALATINO, GENEVA.
- Font size 12 for text; titles may be larger.
- Double space.
- One space after a comma.
- Two spaces after a period (.), semicolon (;) and colon (:).
BRAINSTORM: Use pencil. May print, and should be up to one page. Include story ideas, catch words and phrases, who, what, when where, why, how.
PRE-WRITE: Use pencil. May print. Should include the main ideas of the story, which will later be beefed up with details and vocabulary. Must be read and signed by a reader.
ROUGH DRAFT: May use pencil. May print, and MUST SKIP LINES. This is the story with all the ideas and vocabulary. It must be neatly written.
EDITING: You and another person MUST edit your work for continuity, spelling, grammar, punctuation, proper paragraphs, overall details, and handwriting. It must be signed by the editor.
FINAL DRAFT: Includes all corrections and is in the correct format.
PUBLISHING: Share with the audience. This includes the teacher.
GUIDE FOR PROOFREADING
- Is the first word of every paragraph indented?
- Do all verbs agree with each subject?
- Does every sentence and every proper noun begin with a capital letter?
- Does every sentence have the proper punctuation?
- Are all the words spelled correctly?
- Have you used your very best handwriting/computer skills?
GUIDE FOR REVISING
- Are the characters and setting fully described?
- Have you chosen verbs that make the action exciting?
- Does your story have a beginning, middle, and end?
- Have you told the story in sequence?
- Have you added time words to make the time action clear?
- Have you beefed up your story with strong vocabulary?
= New Paragraph
= Not A Word
= Dead Word
= Not A Sentence
= One Word
= Not Correct
= An area that does not make sense, or needs to be moved
= Insert the above parts
= Omit (line through work)
= Split the word (not a compound)
= Space once or twice
Do not begin a sentence with: And, Because, “Cuz, “Cause, And then, Then, So, But
Do not begin every sentence with I.
Do not use: The End, That’s It, By (Your Name).
Do not use arrows or the word OVER to indicate turning the page over.
Restrict the use of: always, just, very, and, so, them, all, all of, had, great, but, really
About to=poor grammar.
Use word for numbers. Never start a sentence like: 10 people left Pinole.
Dates may be written with numbers.
July 30, 1976 is correct.
July 30th, 1976 is incorrect.
October 21 is correct.
October 21st is incorrect.