I finished hacking my way through the rough draft underbrush. Some good stuff, some mediocre stuff, some "please go see a tutor NOW" stuff. (Too much of the latter.) And a plagiarist, who got a very stern warning. At the end, I was left with yet another crop of pet peeves:
- "In stanza X, it says/On page X, it says/In line 12, it says..." Aside from the unnecessary "it"--there's something else speaking on page X?--this is just a dreadful way to introduce a quotation. The tag doesn't provide a graceful (or logical) transition from the previous sentence; moreover, there's no context for the quotation itself.
- "Due to the fact that..." Is there something wrong with "because"?
- Random quotations. Student makes claim X, then cites passage Y, which has nothing whatsoever to do with claim X.
- "In the novel, X, by Y..." God created possessives for a reason. And surely the audience--namely, the instructor--knows that X is a novel (or poem, or what-have-you)?