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MR.

AVELLAS EIGHT ESSAY TIPS


(OR, FOLLOW THESE RULES TO AVOID MY WRATH)
1. NEVER HAVE THE FOLLOWING WORDS AND PHRASES IN YOUR ESSAY (UNLESS THEY ARE IN QUOTED TEXT):
BAD GOOD STUFF THINGS GET, GOT I THINK, I BELIEVE, IN MY OPINION I AM GOING TO TELL YOU THIS PROVES THAT IN THIS ESSAY, BOOK, TEXT, NOVEL, STORY, FILM, ETC.
(IF YOU REALLY WANT TO IMPRESS ME, AVOID USING THE WORD IS. IM NOT JOKING. ITS A BORING VERB)

2. KEEP EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN BOOKS AND FILMS IN PRESENT TENSE (NO PAST TENSE). 3. TITLES OF BOOKS AND FILMS ARE ITALICIZED AND CAPITALIZED. EX: To Kill a Mockingbird 4. IN DISCUSSING CITATIONS, MR. AVELLA SAYS, QUOTE EXACTLY LIKE THIS. ALWAYS INTRODUCE WHO
SAYS IT, USE A COMMA, AND THEN START YOUR QUOTATION MARKS. THE AUTHOR OF THE WORK GOES IN THE PARENTHESES ALONG WITH THE PAGE NUMBER. DO NOT PUT PAGE, PG. OR #.THE PERIOD GOES AFTER THE LAST PARENTHESIS. IF IT LOOKS DIFFERENT THAN THIS, ITS WRONG (AVELLA 46).

5. ONLY USE THE PART OF THE QUOTATION/PASSAGE NEEDED TO SUPPORT YOUR POINT. THEN, EXPLAIN
HOW THE CHOSEN TEXT SUPPORTS YOUR POINT.

6. DOUBLE-SPACE YOUR ESSAY AND INDENT PARAGRAPHS. DO NOT PUT AN EXTRA SPACE BETWEEN THEM. 7. USE TRANSITIONAL WORDS, TRANSITIONAL PHRASES, AND TRANSITIONAL SENTENCES BETWEEN IDEAS
(INCLUDING BETWEEN SENTENCES AND PARAGRAPHS).

8. DO NOT CONFUSE THESE WORDS:


THEIR, THERE, THEYRE THAN, THEN ITS, ITS TO, TOO ARE, OUR AFFECT, EFFECT A lot, Alot YOUR, YOURE LOSE, LOOSE MR. AVELLA, MR. AVILLA