Before you turn in written homework, please follow this helpful checklist!
TASK ACHIEVEMENT IS EVERYTHING!
Did you write the text the prompt called for? (formal letter/e-mail, informal letter/e-mail, blog, article, proposal, report, brochure). A description of the different text forms can be found here: https://www.bifie.at/system/files/dl/srdp_lfs_textsortencharakteristika_2013-06-20.pdf
* For letters/e-mails: Did you include a subject line, salutation, closing and signature line?
* For blogs, articles, reports, proposals: Do you have a title/subject line, introduction, conclusion?
Did you follow the prompt?
* Did you write the text the prompt called for (see above)
* Did you address all of the bullet points?
* Did you follow the instructions to the letter?
Did you use language appropriate for the task?
* Contractions should not be used in any formal writing (short forms like 'cause' for 'because' and 'though' for 'although' should only be used in informal e-mails).
* If you are writing a formal letter/e-mail, be as polite as you can possibly be: use 'please' and 'thank you' and 'could's and 'would's (Would you be so kind as to/could you please send me your newest catalogue?)
* Did you use paragraphs? A good rule of thumb is one paragraph for each bullet point in the prompt.
* Did you use proper conjunctions to link ideas (first, second, third, finally, moreover, furthermore, in addition, on the one/other hand, etc. See other discourse markers here)
* Reread what you've written! How many times did you use the same word or phrase?
* Avoid repeating language from the prompt.
* Avoid unnecessary repetitions (instead of 'for example' use 'including' 'this includes' 'for instance')
* Avoid Germanisms ('My English is not the yellow of the egg but it goes' is not English!)
* Did you use proper spelling, grammar, capitalization, punctuation?
* Pay special attention to tenses and word order.
* Seriously, did you check all your subjects and verbs for 3rd-person S!?
* Is your text your own work? Have confidence in yourself that with a little practice, you, too, CAN ACTUALLY WRITE ENGLISH!
* Did you copy it from the Internet? (if the answer is 'yeah, but I changed a few words' or 'yeah, but it was a German text and I ran it through Google Translate' then it is NOT your own work. Stop being lazy and start over!).
* Did you copy it out of the book? (if the answer is 'yeah, but I rearranged a few words and left some stuff out' then it is NOT your own work. Stop being lazy and start over!)
* Did you copy it from a classmate? (if the answer is 'yeah, but she's in the other group' then it is NOT your own work. Stop being lazy and start over!)
* Did you run a German text through Google Translate?