The Importance of Formal Writing in High Schools
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As a result of the desire to improve upon my student's English skills, I assigned a formal paper in each of my classes on which my students were to focus. In each class, I provided a formal paper checklist that included grammatical issues I had discovered in their papers and would inspect in their papers. As a prelude to the final paper and to allow for the students to begin the assignment before the night before it was due, I assigned an outline in which they were to put the information they were going to include in their paper as well as a completed thesis. I was extremely anal about the thesis as it was to be the last sentence in the introduction and it was to provide a 'guidemap' for the rest of the paper. That is, the students were to refer to the language of the thesis for each topic sentence of their three body paragraphs.