1. Spell definitely correctly.
2. Do not use you or your.
3. Correctly punctuate titles of plays (italics), novels (italics), songs (quotes), and poems (quotes).
4. Do not use contractions.
5. Do not use text lingo.
6. Punctuate all sentences correctly so there are no run-ons or fragments. Connect all independent clauses with a comma and a conjunction, a semicolon, or an end mark.
7. Do not misspell the names of the characters or other proper nouns or literature you are referencing.
**You will lose a point every time that you fail to follow a rule on the
No Excuses Chart.
What you need to double check…
Author and title in intro
Solid thesis, parallel, last sentence in intro
Topic sentences in each body paragraph
Quote in each body paragraph
Concluding paragraph that says something important