I would like you to submit your thesis statement, outline, and annotated bibliography. Give a brief description of your sources to indicate you know a little about what it is and how it will be useful to your thesis:
4. Annotated here, just means that I want a brief summary rather than a detailed analysis of the source (a couple of sentences will do).
Outline/Thesis/Annotated Bibliography is due 5/8 in advance of the paper.
Tips for better academic writing (From B. Moore & Parker, R. (2008). Critical thinking (9th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill Higher Education):
Avoid clichés like the plague.
Be more or less specific.
The passive voice is to be ignored.
Never, ever be redundant.
Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
Make sure the verbs agrees with their subjects.
Why use rhetorical questions?
Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
And it’s usually a bad idea to start a sentence with a conjunction.
I have added a few more to Moore & Parker’s list:
I feel that it is better to just write a statement than to preface the statement with “I feel”.
Dangling prepositions are grammatical errors that I will not put up with.
Don’t use contractions in an academic paper.