Maryvale Writing Guidlines
Writing Guidelines for the
Maryvale School District
o All written thoughts should be expressed in complete sentences free of slang.
o All sentences should begin with a capital letter and end with an end mark of punctuation.
o All paragraphs should have a topic sentence. This is a sentence that specifically states the main idea of the paragraph.
o All sentences in the paragraph should be related to the topic sentence.
o All written work should contain correct spelling, capitalization, grammar, and usage.
o All written communications should exhibit awareness of audience and purpose. (Example: Is the audience the teacher, fellow classmates, NYS through DBQ’s, etc.)
o All written communication should convey clear and concise meaning.
o All written communications should exhibit logical and coherent sequence throughout and include the use of appropriate transitional words and phrases.