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Writing the Essay

Writing Resources

Leads: A collection of methods for beginning the essay. Students are then asked to compose two opening paragraphs using two different methods. 

Using Quotations: Another source for students to see how to use quotations in their essays. The information is also part of the Vintage High Style Sheet. 

Rough Draft Step-by-Step Guide: A support structure for students; assists with the organization of the research paper. 

Standard Bibliographic Form: shows students how to complete a bibliography. Also available in the Vintage High Style Sheet. 

Plagiarism Policy: The district Academic Integrity policy in English and in Spanish.

Vintage High School Style Sheet: Specific guidelines on how to format your essay. 

For skill-building activities and sample research papers, go to http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/rules5e/ 

For the latest information on citations and bibliographies, use this website (updated for the 2009 MLA rules) :http://owl.english.purdue.edu/