Annotations for Major Paper Grading Sheets
This category is usually worth 0 - 3 points, which are distributed as follows:
0 = no outline was included (Lists do not count as outlines.)Topic sentences embody the outline.
The words in your outline should appear in the corresponding focal and topic sentences. In longer papers, not every paragraph needs to be represented in the outline. For example, a long narrative example might take several paragraphs. But every topic in your outline should be represented in your essay.
Paragraphs are not too long or too short.
Paragraph length is often a matter of style
and your intended audience. Newspapers have very short paragraphs because
big-city newspapers realized that many commuters read their papers as they
commute to or from work. These commuters often look up from the paper,
at stops, to see where they are, and/or to watch the various people who
approach them. Short paragraphs enable such readers to look away and easily
look back at the paper and find their place. Magazine and web articles
often have short paragraphs simply as a matter of custom and style.
Sub-divisions of a major section of the outline (Roman number) are spread over more than one paragraph.
The major points in your outline should be
listed with Roman numbers in your outline. Sub-points of the major points
should appear in your outline as "A.," "B.," etc. in your outline. To get
the points for "Sub-divisions of a major section," you must devote at least
two paragraphs to at least one major section of your outline. For more
on this, see the ENL 111 Instructional material for "Outlining"
and for "Organization."
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