Proposal Tips (and any writing about reality tips)– an analysis stage that is pre-writing

Page ranges too big (like 110-120)– why dangerous

Avoid summaries as sources – why dangerous

Pages must be narrowed to match the content and exact topic and, with primaries, each of these:

·         Time

·         Person

·         Situation

Best resource – the index

Unit 1 – Offers

Offer 1 – If you just want to confirm that you understand all feedback and do not plan to write any more written work (and thus no points for them), full content (20 points) and full Good Habits for Evidence (20 points) for Unit 1 Writing instead of the grades on the paper.

Offer 2 (the better offer for your future and for points) – If you either understand the feedback or want help from me (and I’m glad to do it for each of you), you want to try to avoid these errors in Unit 2 Writing.

If you don’t have those errors, then the grades (including the full 20 for the Good Habits from Unit 2 will replace Unit 1’s.

Evidence- Graded Papers

How done


What it means

·         Means the prof can prove the problems

·         Means—if the prof missed something (and everyone makes mistakes), you can show the issues that might mean the prof was wrong


Why do this if you do know you are making these errors – So you know a prof can prove this.

Why if you don’t know – So you know how you are hurting your future


Either way I will be glad to invest in you.

Temptors That Turn a Good (Even a Great) Brain to Mush

Writing with the book open (Remedy: open/close)

Thinking about what you are going to write instead of what you need to teach

Unless the prof or boss asks for it, these things have little reward and high risk

·         Giving a blow by blow (Risk: high error rate)

·         Collecting everything and trying to use everything

·         Trying to say everything (Risks…

Know everything so you are true; don’t try to say it.
Make sure everything you say is true.

·         Quoting a bunch of things from 1 page (Risk: not understanding the whole plus high risk of error rate if not proof)

·         Using your memory of other stuff than the textbook (Risk: high error rate and excessive asides)

Consider: If no one would want to pay you for a skill, don’t practice it.

About the Rubric and How It Works and How a Student Is the Reason for the 5 Good Habits for Evidence


Guys, I’m not worried about any of your brains. It’s your habits that are zapping you. Choose your habits.

About Endnotes and Why They Are a Lifelong Skill for Jobs That Pay Well






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