Here are 10 reminders to give your students for timed-writing assignments:
1. Write in literary present tense. The text is alive and speaking to readers today, not just when it was written.
2. Create a thesis that not only addresses the prompt but offers an opinion that the essay can defend.
3. Maintain focus by checking that every sentence directly relates to the thesis. If a thought or sentence does not tie to the thesis, mark it out and continue. … KEEP READING