Notes on DPA Rewrite Title / Thesis Clever & relevant = good (Austen, Savannah, Rachel) Make the thesis strong and concise. (Good ones: Allie, Danie, Austen – thesis & conclusion, Savannah – thesis & conclusion, Rachel) Elaboration / Commentary Vagueness – explain, be more specific. Answer “how” and “why” Address the topic sentence – the device and effect that is tied to the thesis Use of Quotes Don’t refer to it as a quote. You are quoting the text. Fully incorporate the quotes. “Diction choice” is redundant. Diction = word choice. Context is important. Kumalo sees the mist on the way to Johannesburg; he isn’t there yet. Grammar / Mechanics (highlighted items we will review this semester) Sp. = Spelling Cont. = Contractions – spell out PP = Personal pronouns – we, you VP = Vague pronouns – This is seen… What is seen? Ending a sentence with a preposition Parallelism in a series Wc / wu = Word choice / word usage – read it aloud to someone Citations = page number only; punctuation comes after the parentheses. PV = Passive voice verbs Capitalization of chapters with numbers RO = Run-‐ons: comma splices Frag = Fragment LPT = Literary present tense Colloquialisms = “give off” SVA = subject-‐verb agreement (especially with interrupters) PA = pronoun agreement, especially with indefinite pronouns (one, everybody) Commas = should not interrupt subject and verb without a good reason Conclusion Don’t just repeat the thesis; go somewhere further with it. (Good ones: Salomon, Jared) Other Does the writer analyze? No, the reader does. Author “tries to” weakens your discussion.