will they read it? I’m talking about students, here, though I could be talking about anyone.
It’s time for me to start preparing course manuals for the fall. In so doing, I’m reviewing the included style guides. Right there, in the eight to ten page manual, is everything students need to know about the trivia as well as the important parts of essay writing: what’s a thesis statement, how much lead time to give for revisions, how to format a foot or end note, how to choose evidence to illustrate their point.
I go over these pages with them in the first class. I review them as assignments come due and I reiterate their points as I hand back the papers, a large number of which fail to implement even the most basic of the style guide requirements.
I’m beginning to think I should have these points printed onto cloth and sewn into a jacket. Maybe if I become a walking advertisement for the principles, then they might sink in?