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The Three Most Important Rules for Writing

January 13, 2005

Today, at our first class, students will share their three most important rules of writing. What do you think they will be?


Writing Exercise:

What, in your opinion, are the three most important rules of writing? Write your answer as a short, 100-word, paragraph. Explain your reasons for each of the three rules.

Begin with a clear topic sentence and end with a good concluding sentence.


• Take your rough draft home with you today.

• Make at least five corrections to the draft and recopy the paragraph.

• Bring both your original and your new copy to class next week.

See a Teacher Writing Sample: Three Writing Rules (2005; includes a first and second draft version for comparison)

See a Teacher Writing Sample: Three Rules of Writing (2004)

See a Student Writing Sample: Three Rules of Writing

Please also visit your Advanced Composition Class Page where you can access current and past lessons.

More Lessons (index of past lesson worksheets)