Essay Turn In Checklist _autobiographical_ by xusuqin

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My Essay Checklist __________________________________(Name)
A handy-dandy checklist to make sure you’ve completed/included all required elements for your essay!
Staple completed checklist to the back of your essay.

PLEASE NOTE: An autobiographical essay is not a story about an event that happened to you (that
would be a creative writing assignment). You are discussing an event or experience in your life and
telling how that event or experience has changed or shaped you. Please follow the format we worked
on in class for your body paragraphs. All papers that do not follow this format will be returned without
a grade and a rewrite will be required for consideration of a grade.
     1. Physical Requirements
             _______ a. Proper heading in the upper right hand corner of the page (see upper right hand
             corner of THIS page)
             _______b. Computer Generated
             _______c. Double Spaced
             _______d. 12-point font, Times New Roman
             _______e. White paper
     2. Content
         _______a. Original Title (DO NOT call the essay “My Essay” or “Final Draft” Yikes!)
         _______b. 5 paragraphs, each one indented, no extra space between paragraphs
         _______c. Introductory Paragraph
                          ______ Hook (anecdote, dialog, startling opener, quote, commentary)
                          ______Thesis statement clearly presented (A thesis is a general statement with
                          a subject and commentary or opinion) DO YOU PROVE THIS IN YOUR PAPER?
                          ______ 3 – 5 sentences minimum
         _______d. Body Paragraph #1
                  ______Topic sentence (what is the main topic of THIS paragraph?)
                  ______Needs to include 3 chunks (1 sentence Concrete Detail, 2 sentences commentary
                  equals one chunk). Chunks need to relate to the topic sentence of the paragraph.
                  ______Closing sentence
                  ______Follow the format (For example, in addition, furthermore) for the paragraph

        e. Body Paragraph #2
               ______Topic sentence (what is the main topic of THIS paragraph?)
               ______Needs to include 3 chunks (1 sentence Concrete Detail, 2 sentences commentary
               equals one chunk). Chunks need to relate to the topic sentence of the paragraph
               ______Closing sentence
               ______Follow the format (For example, in addition, furthermore) for the paragraph

   f. Body Paragraph #3
           ______Topic sentence (what is the main topic of THIS paragraph?)
           ______Needs to include 3 chunks (1 sentence Concrete Detail, 2 sentences commentary
           equals one chunk). Chunks need to relate to the topic sentence of the paragraph.
           ______Closing sentence
           ______Follow the format (For example, in addition, furthermore) for the paragraph
   g. Conclusion
           ______3 – 5 sentences
           ______ No new information (all commentary)
           ______ Do NOT end with “Well, that is my essay on (topic)” or “This is the end of my
           essay,” I should be able to figure it out when there are no more words on the page.
3. Mechanics
           ______a. All sentences begin with a capital letter and end with a period
           ______b. No sentence fragments or run ons
           ______c. No punctuation or grammar errors
           ______d. Peer editing and Ms. Noah’s comments/suggestions have been considered
           and included where necessary
           ______e. Someone else besides you (the writer) has proofread the paper and those
           changes have been incorporated

4.   Finally
               ______a. Is my essay an actual essay, rather than a story? This is not creative writing,
               but an essay with a very specific formula to follow. Have I followed that formula?
               ______b. Will I bring this to class and turn it in at the beginning of the period with no
               lame excuses about paper-eating dogs, sick grandmas, or spontaneously combusting
               printers?

								
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