Writing Non-Negotiables
English I
Mrs. Anderson

The Writing Process: Writing is a complicated process. Forming thoughts in a way to effectively communicate our beliefs, ideas, interests, and creativity takes practice. While we each may have a strength or talent in one area of writing, most of us need a lot of practice in other areas. Below are the Non-Negotiables for English I. This list contains the content that you must have and/or review for each paper and/or project you submit for this course.

¥ Heading is on your paper- First and Last name, my name beneath that, class and period beneath that, and lastly the written out, full date

¥ Running header is on the top right (MS Word- go to “View,” “Header and Footer,” select right justification bars on the toolbar and type your last name, space, go back to the toolbar and select “Toolbox” and then click on the # button) (Google Docs- go to “Insert,” “Header,” and then select right justification bars on the toolbar and type your last name and space once. Go back to “Insert” and select “Page Number.”)

¥ Creative Title- not simply the name of the assignment, but something that does not reveal the specifics of the assignment- Little Red Riding Hood instead of Children’s Narrative

¥ All paragraphs must be indented.

¥ All typed assignments must be proofread and spell checked; All handwritten assignments must be proofread.

¥ NO text or slang language- This is an English class. This type of terminology is not acceptable in a formal language environment like school or a professional workplace.

¥ MUST have a Works Cited page for all materials that reference the work of others. If the assignment does not have a Works Cited page, the assignment will be given a grade of “O.”

¥ All aspects of a typed paper must be in MLA format (Google search- Purdue Owl MLA for more information on this).


Video Tour
Google Documents

MS Word


Helpful Hints for a better grade:
¥ Show variation at the start of each sentence (Do not use the same words repetitively in sentences or to begin your sentences/paragraphs).
¥ Do not use contractions in formal writing (can’t, don’t, won’t, shouldn’t- instead, spell the two words out cannot, do not, should not).
¥ Do not use your opinion in expository writing.
¥ Whisper read every word of your paper aloud in order to hear mistakes.
¥ Complete multiple drafts of formal writing in order to submit your BEST final version. This is an essential part of process writing.
¥ Do not wait until last minute to complete your paper in case you have questions about the assignment.
¥ Refer back to the rubric for specifications on how you will be graded.