English 2 Research Paper Focus on Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions Use the table below to look at your paper's sentences one at a time. Write the first word, verbs, any adjectives or adverbs, sentence length (number of words) and punctuation used for each sentence. # First three words Predicate Number of words Internal punctuation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 You are looking for patterns that will distract readers and weaken your overall paper. When you identify a pattern, change it in your paper. English 2 Research Paper Focus on Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions Word Choice: Look at the columns titled “First word,” “Verbs,” “Adjectives,” and “Adverbs” to answer the following questions: “First Word”: Do my sentences often start with the same words? (Starting your sentence with varying words is ideal.) “Verbs”: Are my verb choices weak? (Strong verbs are ideal.) examples of strong verbs: identify, prove, state, link, reflect, maintain, decide examples of weak verbs: have/has/had, is/was/are/were, could/would/should, get, go Are the verbs passive or active? (Active is ideal.) passive: The paper was dropped. The kids were punished. active: Jane dropped the paper. The mother punished her kids. Do I use the same verbs over and over? (Using a variety of verbs is ideal.) “Adjectives” and “Adverbs”: Do I have enough descriptive writing in my paper? Do I use enough adjectives and adverbs? Are the adjectives and adverbs good, precise choices? Do I use the same adjectives and adverbs over and over? Look at the column titled “Sentence Length” to answer the following questions: Do I vary my sentence length Are my sentences too short or too long? Look at the column titled “Punctuation” to answer the following questions: Do I ever use a semicolon or colon? (This indicates utilizing complex or compound-complex sentences and is ideal.) Do I use the comma correctly? Do I need a question mark and use a period?