Clarify

Essay Section: Supporting Evidence (Examples)

Take a dirty, see-through, with no special colorings or design glass from your sink and fill it up with water. It doesn’t matter if the water is cold or hot. Place the glass on a counter on your living room or kitchen table. Take a seat in a chair. Try to see anything in the house through the glass. Is what you see (i.e., the television or a person) clear? Now look around the house or your room. You can see clearly, right?

A paper filled with gaps, shakable evidence, and sloppy content represents a glass with dirty water filled with impurities. A paper that is solid, organized, structurally sound, with credible and verifiable evidence is a paper that is clear. When your professor writes “Clarify” near a section, this comment means that he can’t see through to your ideas because of the jumbled writing and confusing words.

All of these issues with your paper represent a stumbling block, a hindrance for the professor. Clarify your ideas means clarify what you are trying to say.  Ask yourself What do I want to say exactly? Then just write what you think. During the revision part of your writing, you can format and restructure the sentence so that it fits formally into the academic essay.

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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