To help aid coherence,* organize most of your sentences as

  • First, look back :
    • <–<–<–<–< At the BEGINNING of a sentence, place older, less important, less difficult information.
  • Last, look ahead:
    • Place newer, more important, more difficult information at the END of the sentence. –>–>–>–>


Sherman has imitated his father’s behaviors throughout the novel,


and in this scene, he serves as a reflection of his father (Middlebury College student ’06).



*For more information on coherence and other elements of writing style, see:


Williams, Joseph M. Style. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.



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