From Chapter 5, discuss the characteristics of sibling abuse and include
those characteristics that are unique to this type of family violence. (As an example of how to
approach these assignments, read the entire chapter first. As you are reading, write down notes
that fulfill the requirements of this writing assignment. Then organize these notes into a coherent
essay. For example, the very first sentence in the chapter is an essential part of the essay,
Sibling abuse is probably the most common form of family violence in the United States.
Follow this introductory statement with descriptions of sibling abuse as a significant, and unique,
component of family violence. (2 pages)
FORMAT FOR THE WRITING ASSIGNMENTS:
? Double Spaced.
? 1 inch margins.
? Black ink.
? 12 point font.
? Times New Roman font (as in this syllabus).
? Page length is listed with the individual writing assignments in the COURSE
REQUIREMENTS section above.
? At least one paragraph indent per page; avoid long run-on paragraphs.
? You cannot have one sentence paragraphs.
? Avoid abbreviations.
? Avoid contractions (for example, use do not instead of dont and cannot instead of
? Use 3rd person voice: they, them, their; not 1st person voice such I, we, and our; and not
2nd person voice such as he, she.
? Use formal language; avoid slang.
? Use a formal writing style, but you do not have to use a professional writing style such as
ASA or APA writing styles. Just make certain your paper has a formal tone.
? Introduce information by using any of the following established methods: According to
Wallace . (if you are referring to the author of the text), or OBrien contends . (if
you are referring to a particular theorist or researcher whose work is covered in the text).
This is the type of language you would find in a sociology text or journal. This is what I
mean by a formal writing style.
? Do not use quotes. Generally, quotes detract from an essay rather than enhance it, so
paraphrase and use your own words.
? Do not plagiarize. Again use your own words. One form of plagiarizing is using
sentences and phrases directly from the text without putting them in your own words.
? Be concise. Avoid wordiness and too many generalizations.
? Stay on topic.
? AVOID OPINION!!! These are not reflective papers. They are your summary of
important text material. The purpose of these papers is to make certain you understand
text material, not to give your opinion on the material.
? No reference page. I am familiar with the text and you should use only the text for these