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Takeaways from Student X Model

  • Use criteria as checklist
 
  • General formatting requirements are easy—take the time to do them (underline thesis)
  • Formatting—take the time to get the points
 
  • In the intro, it can be powerful to create historical or other important context
  • Have a clear focus from the beginning & stay true/focused on that controlling idea
 
  • Title, thesis and the actual “stuff” in the paragraphs needs to clearly and purposefully connect and build
  • Use evidence (SPA) method
  • Find good sources and try to use TWO per paragraph/subtopic
  • Try to connect and BUILD your paragraphs
  • Build the bridge between ideas with sophisticated transitions
 
  • Wide variety of quality sources
  • Different examples—kept it relevant and avoid repetition
  • Block Quotes: 3+lines, uniformly indented, no quotation marks
  • Understanding block quoting
 
  • Vary sentence beginnings and structures
  • Avoid repeating
  • Strong and sophisticated diction
 
  • Don’t end conclusion with one statement—connect to thesis & move below & beyond.
 
  • Process finalizing a research tedious