• The All Important Rules for Writing Checklist



    The following rules concern the heading, title, and general format of the paper:

    Did you….


    1. use the proper header in top left and right corners of the page(s)



    Left: Your name                                                                       Right: Your last name pg. #


             Mrs. Quick







    1. type in Calibri 12 or 14 point
    2. double space
    3. edit for spelling, structural, and grammatical errors
    4. have someone else read over your paper
    5. use proper indents for 1st lines of each paragraph (5 spaces)
    6. title your essay appropriately – center the title
    7. capitalize first, last, and important words in your title
    8. refrain from any underlining, bolding, or quoting your paper’s title

                Example of titles:


    The Importance of Nature Symbolism in Frost’s Poetry

    The Importance of Nature Symbolism in “Mending Wall”

    The Importance of Nature Symbolism in Macbeth


    The following rules concern your introduction:

    Did you….


    1. write a clear, “unfluffified” intro.
    2. include a clear thesis statement
    3. include a sequential order of body topics to come
    4. strive to write a clever, interesting, and relevant first sentence
    5. include author(s) and title(s)
    6. underline or italicize titles of novels and plays
    7. enclose “short story” or “poem” titles in quotes


    The following rules concern the body paragraphs of your paper:


    Did you….


    1. have strong topic sentence that serves as the thesis statement for the body paragraph (it must be proven by the rest of the paragraph)
    2. have a closing sentence that wraps up the paragraph as a whole and/or transitions to the next paragraph
    3. make sure the order of your body paragraphs adheres to the order listed in your introduction
    4. use quotes in each body that support ideas and add relevant detail (at least one quote per body)
    5. integrate quotes smoothly
    6. properly format quotes according to MLA style
      1. for narration or single speaker quotes that are 1-3 lines of YOUR typing/writing, enclose in “….” and follow with (author pg).
      2. for quotes of mixed dialogue or those over 3 lines of YOUR

    typing/writing, indent entire quote 10 spaces from the left, do not use quotation marks for any single speaker or narration, and follow with any end punctuation then (author pg.)


    {See next page for demonstration of both A. and B.}


    Other general requirements for all papers:


    Did you…


    1. write in present tense for literature
    2. avoid slang
    3. avoid contractions
    4. avoid personal pronouns like “you” and “I”
    5. avoid abbreviations
    6. stay clear and on topic
    7. avoid overwriting
    8. include a conclusion paragraph that mimics your intro. – do not include new information in the conclusion
    9. include a properly formatted works cited at the end of the paper:


    Author’s last name, First. Title. Publishing City: Publishing Company, date.


    (If you have a 2+ lined entry, indent 2nd and subsequent lines 5 spaces from left margin. The first line is always flush to the left margin.)





    Example of a “short, single speaker” quote infused into a student’s text:


    In Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” the setting is extremely important, for it enables Montresor to entrap Fortunato, his victim. “It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season….” (Poe 3). The “supreme madness” is a wonderful atmosphere for an unnoticed escape to Montresor’s palazzo.


    Example of an indented quote, single speaker or narration:


    In “The Most Dangerous Game,” Zaroff toys with Rainsford when Rainsford thinks he is safe and hidden in a tree.

               The general’s eyes had left the ground and were traveling inch by inch

               up the tree. But the sharp eyes of the hunter stopped before they

               the limb where Rainsford lay; a smile spread over his brown face.

               Very deliberately, he blew a smoke ring into the air; then he turned

               his back on the tree and walked carelessly away, back along the trail

               he had come. (Connell 36)

    At this moment, Rainsford realizes that he is discovered too easily, offering no challenge to Zaroff. The hunter could have easily killed Rainsford, but like a cat playing with its prey, Zaroff  plays with Rainford.



Last Modified on September 11, 2013