For which I will hold you accountable! 10: USE AGREEMENT Subject /Verb: The student like his teacher. Pronoun/Antecedent: Every reader has their heartstrings tugged by Shackleton. 9. OMIT REPETITION For example: “Shackleton made a positive change. He was a positive leader who positively kept his crew alive. His positive attitude made the whole trip seem positive.” You get the idea: use synonyms! 8. USE MLA STYLE Times Roman 12 pt. font 1 inch margins Double Space Quotes: “Life is beautiful!”(Smith 20). Heading: Iam Smart Mrs. Crawford English 12-C 7 September 2008 7. WRITE WITH PARALLEL STRUCTURE In a series of 2 or more items in a sentence, all items must be of parallel nature: Error examples: I like having my back scratched, running marathons, and when it rains. She is not only the president of the class, but also she has the prettiest smile on campus. 6. AVOID AMBIGUOUS PRONOUNS Don’t use them! For example: “Morrie doesn’t necessarily learn for himself as much as discover this.” When you have a “this”--follow it by a specific noun. 5. STAY IN THE SAME TENSE When writing literary analysis, use present tense Each paragraph should have consistent tense. 4. OMIT UNNECESSARY WORDS For instance: She was very hot. Kozol was able to show that the residents of Mott Hall suffered. 3. DON’T USE INCORRECT PRONOUNS Error Examples: I like the part in the book where Morrie dances. The people that leave the Bronx are lucky. 2. AVOID COMMA SPLICES/RUN ONS/ AND FRAGMENTS For example: “Tells” is a poor word choice, “reflects” is a better one since it reveals that Morrie is teaching as well as serving as a role model. Since she didn’t lead the life of a respectful girl. 1.USE SPECIFIC, UNIQUE DETAILS THIS: “Some people believe that Tuesdays with Morrie is a life-changing book. Morrie teaches that money isn’t everything. Mitch learns that his family is more important than his job or money. He learns this lesson and becomes happier by the end of the book. OR THIS ? “The novel is centered around Morrie, a college professor who can no longer move on his own, and who now waits at home for his inevitable death. However, though he is dying Morrie seems to be just as alive as he ever was. When he meets Mitch for the first time since graduation, he displays an unexpected enthusiasm, despite Mitch’s failure to keep in touch with him. Morrie’s vitality of manner never ceases, despite losing many of the activities he loved, such as dancing and eating solid food. If anything, his impending doom seems to charge him with a new energy, which he uses to communicate his final thoughts to Mitch, now the context of the book. While his body may deteriorate, it is not reasonable to compare Morrie to the resigned and helpless who are truly dying.