Did it swing back again? 1. The essay has an adequate introduction in which the time frame isnoted.2. The thesis provides an answer to the question and divides the answerinto
categories.3. Proper essay style is used (think 5 paragraph format where applicable).4. Grammar and spelling are adequate (do not misspell words that aresupplied in
the documents).5. You have not referred to yourself in the essay and you have not toldthe readers what they are "going to learn".6. A great majority of the documents have been used in a manner whichmakes their use readily apparent to the reader.7. Quotations are limited to a phrase which is placed within the contextof your answer.8. ALL PARTS OF THE QUESTION have been answered.9. A conclusion exists which summarizes the evidence, restates the thesisand indicates a direction for further study or occurrences.10. Base all of your comments on the documents, NOT on outside information.
2. The restated question introduction. Restating the question can sometimes be an effective strategy, but it can be easy to stop at JUST restating the question instead of offering a more specific, interesting introduction to your paper. The professor or teaching assistant wrote your question and will be reading many essays in response to it—he or she does not need to read a whole paragraph that simply restates the question.
In Sarah's introduction paragraph it is clear that there are three areas of good writing to be discussed in the essay: 1) the importance of background in grammar and vocabulary, 2) the writer's skills in writing essays, and 3) the writer's skills in editing.