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The word dumb is defined as “lacking intelligence or good judgment; stupid; dull-witted” (“dumb”). My sister bluntly defines it as “characteristics of an idiot” (Priebe).

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How about your Works Cited page? Does it contain completed entries? Is it alphabetical? To look at an example, check HERE. To move on, check THIS.

Works Cited "dumb." Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 21 Sep. 2009. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dumb >. Priebe, Alisa. Personal Interview. 20 Sept 09. Back to Checklist. Works Cited Page Check

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Look at your topic sentences (the first sentence in each paragraph); does each topic sentence flow into the next one? YES NO

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Good Thesis Examples: --- The true definition of “slut” is a combination of amount of partners and length of time with each partner. --- At the age of 18, Americans are allowed to vote and buy cigarettes (a drug); this age should also be allowed to buy and consume alcohol as well.
Not-So-Great Thesis Examples: --- In this paper, I’ll explain why drinking is bad for you. --- The definition of “beautiful” is different things to different people.

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Sample Transitions.

From the time I was sixteen I ceased to say my prayers and ceased to go to church or to fast of my own volition. I did not believe what had been taught me in childhood but I believed in something. What it was I believed in I could not at all have said. I believed in a God, or rather I did not deny God - but I could not have said what sort of God. Neither did I deny Christ and his teaching, but what his teaching consisted in I again could not have said.   Looking back on that time, I now see clearly that my faith - my only real faith - that which apart from my animal instincts gave impulse to my life - was a belief in perfecting myself. But in what this perfecting consisted and what its object was, I could not have said.

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Currently, the American way is the Hypocritical way. We view sex and violence and political bashing and religious wars on TV, but the minute those subjects are in print, particularly sex, Bam!, letters to the editor come pouring in. We can’t handle those topics in our paper, but we’ll surely go shop at Abercrombie where naked people are used for advertisements or purchase magazines where half the ads use sex to sell us something. Like one of the latest ads on MTV demonstrates, we’ll let our kids watch a head get blown off on TV, but the minute someone fondles someone on TV, the wool comes over the eyes. We’ll fight openly about politics in our kitchens with 8-year-olds nearby, but we have parents that won’t tell their sons that it’s a “penis” and not a “pee-pee.”

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So, you’ve checked the big items in your paper. Now to look at the smaller things can make or break an essay/paper/project. Spelling. Don’t just use spell-check either! Proofread with human eyes or read it aloud. Click YES once you have completed this.

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This is why I teach, this is why I am in graduate school. I want to learn more and I want to encourage others to learn/discuss/write about subjects they are ignorant in and I’ll deal with being pushed and shoved because I want to have discussions, even if they’re “uncomfortable” ones.

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This is why I teach; this is why I am in graduate school. I want to learn more, and I want to encourage others to learn/discuss/write about subjects they are ignorant in. I’ll deal with being pushed and shoved because I want to have discussions, even if they’re “uncomfortable” ones. Return to Checklist.

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