Mr. Kee’s Rules for Writing:
1. Never ask, "Is this for a grade?" Trust me…it’s ALWAYS for a grade
2. Never ask, "How many words does it have to be?" Your answer will be 9,264,
which coincidentally happens to be my birthday.
3. Never take shortcuts. You’ll just end up lost.
4. Don’t ask me anything that starts with the phrase, "Do we have to…?"
(My answer will be YES!), or "What if…?" You probably don’t want to know…what if.
5. Be creative, not vulgar. It’s difficult to be creative; it’s easy
to be vulgar.
6. Take pride in your work. It is a reflection of who you are. In other words,
if you hand in trash…
7. Break any of these rules, and you will lose all credit. Consider them my cardinal
rules of writing:
a. A lot is 2 words, not
one. It’s not a lot of trouble to remember that.
b. Save the "ah" words
for your late night chats. We don’t use gonna kinda, wanna, woulda, coulda, shoulda, or any other creative facsimile
c. Don’t use "cause"
when you mean "because." Why? It’s BECAUSE the CAUSE of this problem is laziness.
d. Everyone knows a sentence
begins with a capital letter and ends with proper punctuation. End of story. Do I need to say anymore?
e. Abbreviations are wonderful
inventions, but they don’t serve a purpose in English class. I don’t accept b/c, w/o, w/ or anything similar to
f. Symbols didn’t
work for Prince, they won’t work for me either. Keep your &’s and your @’s to yourself.
g. ALWAYS capitalize proper
8. This rule is a long one. Do not end sentences with a preposition or a prepositional
phrase. Also, be careful when beginning a sentence with these, or other, subordinate phrases/clauses. Think of these words
as "glue" words. You have to "stick" something to them in order for them to express a complete thought. Here are the words
against along amid
around at before
below beneath beside
between beyond but (meaning except)
concerning down during
over past since
until up upon
according to because of
by means of
in addition to in front of in
instead of on account of prior
9. This isn’t so much a rule as information that you
should know. Although, I suppose it can be considered a rule because if you don’t use this information you will lose
credit on assignments.
affect – usually a verb
effect – as a verb it means
As a noun, it means the result of some action.
already – previously
all ready – all are ready
all together – all are
altogether – entirely
coarse – rough or crude
course – path of action
hear – use your ears
here – this place
its – possessive of it
it’s – it is
loose – not close together,
lose – to suffer loss
principal – head of a school
or most important
principle – rule of conduct,
main fact or law
quiet – silent, still
quite – wholly, rather
stationary – in a fixed
stationery – writing paper
than – used for comparison
then – at that time, or
their – possessive of they
(Their new apartment is wonderful.)
there – a place; also an
expletive (Have you been there?)
they’re – they are
(They’re going to the ballgame.)
to – preposition; also
part of an infinitive form of a verb (Return the book to the library)
too – also, very, too much
(It’s too cold outside!)
two – one plus one (Two
of us will go to the movies.)
waist – the midsection
waste – to spend foolishly
weather – outside conditions
whether – whether or not
who’s – who is, who
whose – possessive of who
your – possessive of you
you’re – you are
10. Finally, when answering a question, do not make your answer dependent on the
question. A reader should be able to get your point and not depend on the question you are answering to fully understand what
you are saying.
For example, if the question asks: "Do you think it’s important to follow correct
writing rules?" Do not reply: "Yes, because grammar is important." This is NOT a complete sentence. If I walk up to you and
say, "Yes, because potatoes grow in dirt," does it make sense? Sentences express a complete thought.
Another example, if a question asks: "What is the point Mr. Kee is trying to make?"
Do not reply, "That if I don’t stop being lazy I will never pass English." People cannot understand you if you don’t
express complete thoughts.
All of these rules are created for your own safety.
cause their alot of times I wanna come unglued & yell @ people w/ great force and
it’s something I can’t get over
i gotta find a way for u 2 understand the rules I go by or your not gonna pass class
weather you want too or not
(Looks silly doesn’t it?)