The Great Mortality Assignment Essay
When the Great Mortality reached Italy, Europe was in the transition from the Medieval period to the Renaissance. In your opinion, were there any positive aspects of the plague? Explain.
Do not use other sources for this paper.
Here are some requirements that you need to follow:
1. Do not use the phrase “a lot”. Ever.
2. Paragraphs, paragraphs, paragraphs. Each paragraph should have a thesis sentence; that is, it should have an opinion. Paragraphs, like sentences, should be short. If your paragraph takes up the entire page, it is too long.
3. Do not confuse “of” and “have”: for example “must have had” is wrong; “must have had” is correct.
4. Never, ever, ever start a sentence with a conjunction. A conjunction is a word that joins two sentences or phrases. The three conjunctions are “and”, “but”, and “or”. If you can say “this and that”, “this or that”, “this cat but that dog”, you CANNOT start a sentence with the conjunction.
5. Speaking of “this” and “that”, if your pronouns outnumber your concrete nouns, you are in trouble. Limit your pronoun usage.
6. Never use contractions in an essay. Always write out numbers (thirteen, not 13), except for dates.
7. In an essay, you want to be as specific as possible, and always define your terms. In other words, assume the reader is an idiot.
8. Do NOT parrot my lectures. Each paragraph should have at least one original thought /idea/analysis supported by facts.
9. Watch your word choices, read your paper in your head to see if it “flows” and to catch grammatical mistakes, and in history essays write in the past tense.
10. Articles that are used with nouns are “a”, “an”, and “the”. Not all nouns are modified by articles. A good rule to follow is nouns that can be counted are modified by articles (one student, two students, three students, ahh ahh ahh….so “a student” or “the student”). Uncountable nouns generally do not take articles: for example, we don’t say three homework, therefore we don’t write “homework”.
11. Write an introduction AND a conclusion. Always.
12. Do NOT use sources such as Wikipedia, answers.com, essay.com, ezessays.com, ask.com, etc. They are almost always wrong.
Here is some audio and PDF that you can read on but cannot use as sources in my essay!!