Introduction to Composition 110
Katherine Koll . Fall 2014 . Mrs. Undem
intro by Marty22
When writing a good thesis statement, you want to make sure it clearly states what you will be talking about within your essay and it cannot be a question. Often, it is the main point and sometimes the most important idea of what you will be writing about.
Here is an example of one of my theses that I used in my research paper:
"These gallant animals suffered horrible wounds and diseases, yet they still loyally finished their duties, even when it seemed impossible."
This is a good thesis because it shows that I will be talking about animals and what they suffered through during war times. Using the word 'animals', leaves the subject broader than just one type of animal. It also wraps up the first paragraph, as this was the last sentence of the first paragraph, so it flows neatly into the next one.
A summary is a shortened version of the original paragraph, paper, or other form of work. A good summary is that which is written in your own writing and uses your own style, yet still has good sentence structure and represents the author's original point. You must still cite the work you got the summary from so you can put it in your paper.
In my research paper there are many instances where I summarized the works of other people and used their information in my paper.
When referencing sources in a paper, one must use MLA style formatting. MLA helps a writer correctly cite their papers by using citations and parentheticals. Parentheticals are used after quoting any person, paper, website, book, or other form of information. If the information is widely known, or would be considered 'common sense', the writer does not need to use a parenthetical. A parenthetical is usually set up in parentheses, and has the author's last name and the page number it was found on or the title of the article, chapter, or other work. An example from my research paper is a quote found in "Animals In War", a book written by Jilly Cooper:
"Despite the millions of words written to glorify the soldier's courage in war, little praise has been given to the horse that bore him" (Cooper, 232).
When referencing the actual source the information was found on, one must create a new page for the Works Cited. This page is always at the end of the document. The sources must be listed alphabetically, must be double spaced, and if one of the sources runs into more than one line, all lines under the first one must be indented in. An example of a correct cited source from my paper, "A Guide to Love" is:
Brogaard, Berit, and Kristian Maslow. "Can Animals Love?" Phsycology Today. 24 Feb. 2014.
*Web. 7 Nov. 2014.
In my paper this was the first source I listed on my Works Cited page, because it started with a B, and none of my sources started with a letter before B.
*Note: Smore would not let me indent the second line.
One thing I learned in this class was how to peer edit. Peer editing is a step taken before handing a paper in to the teacher. Classmates swap papers and correct them to see if they can find any grammar errors, spelling errors, or other mistakes made. This way the paper can be seen with fresh eyes. Here is an example of a scenario in which one could peer edit:
"Are house sits next to there's on a lush green lot. on saturdays we like to have picnics together and eat foods such as watermelon chips and fried chicken."
If I were peer editing this sentence, I would first change Are to Our. There's would become theirs because it is talking about people, not a thing. The apostrophe would be deleted because there is no show of ownership of anything. The on at the beginning of the second sentence would have to be capitalized because it is the first word of the sentence. Saturdays would also have to be capitalized because it is the name of a day. The last thing I would do is put a comma after watermelon and one after chips because the food is being listed and each item must be separated by a comma. The fixed sentence would then read:
"Our house sits next to theirs on a luch green lot. On Saturdays we like to have picnics together and eat foods such as watermelon, chips, and fried chicken."
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