In high school you must take care to write with academically appropriate language. Therefore, you must avoid taboo words and conventions. You are held responsible for knowing these words and conventions on all academic writing, including essays, homework packets, and vocabulary sentences. Use of taboo words will lower your grade.
a lot of
common adjectives (good, bad, happy, sad, mad) choose more precise language
kind of/sort of
Common modifiers such as very, extremely, incredibly (chose a precise word)
could of, would of, should of (could have, would have)
& instead of and
Contractions (won’t = will not)
Text messaging terms: lol = hilarious, 2 = to, 4 = for, GF = death
First person in academic writing except personal narratives: I, we, us, our, me
Second person: you,
numbers ten and under should be spelled out unless part of a date, street numbers or proper names. Numbers over ten are spelled out if they start a sentence.
The author “is able to” – this implies a lack of qualifications.
Syllogistic logic – we aim to prove through explanations and examples
Awareness of your audience – Your teacher is your audience. When you write about a work your teacher assigned, assume your teacher has read it. You do not need to summarize the story or say things like Paul, the protagonist or a confused teenager named Holden Caulfield.
Know your standard heading for classwork and the standard heading for MLA. They are very different: