Winter Wonderland Quickmark Contest Winners!

In the spirit of this season, we asked the Turnitin community to share their best creative or winter-related QuickMarks. A big thanks to everyone who submitted a QuickMark. Here are the top 10 winter and creative QuickMarks!

Category One:


Grammar got ran over by a reindeer

Your grammar is not quite correct.

Shannen Miralles (Student)

Run, run-on Rudolph!

Whoa Rudolph! You must observe the yield and stop signs so Santa can make it to town safely!

Melissa Scott (Teacher, Hudson High School)


Redundancy of words, phrases, or ideas

Jill Hare (Teacher, Silver High School)

Snow Boots

I thought you might need a pair of boots for all of the fluff you're shoveling here. Where's the concrete proof? How could you restate this to include evidence?

Megan Maynard (Teacher, Harding High School)


Writer freezes and suddenly stops in the middle of a description, leaving the reader stuck with not enough detail.

Jorge Castro (Student, Louis D. Brandies High School)


That is not how you use a clause. Santa is offended.

Kaley Millett (Student, Centennial High School)

Deck the Halls!

This section needs some pizzazz. Can you swap out some verbs? Add some catchy adjectives? Deck out this section with some thoughtful and creative vocabulary.

Lauren Pfister (Teacher, Beech Grove High School)

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Too many opinions without supporting facts. Opinions in a formal paper are like ugly Christmas sweaters... Keep them to a minimum.

Rebecca Damron-Whitehead (Counselor, Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School)

’Twas the night before

Need to proofread and correct careless errors. This seems to have been rushed, maybe finished late the night before it was due.

Christopher Hendrickson (Teacher, CUSD 200)

Slow Down, Santa Claus!

This sentence is as chaotic as Santa's workshop! Simplify your clauses, create a separate sentence, or consider your use of effective punctuation.

Michelle Schloss (Teacher, Cushing Academy)

Category Two:


Quote Dump

A common mistake writers make is what I call the "quote dump." In other words, sticking a quote into a paragraph without any type of transition and/or letting it function as a stand-alone sentence in the writer's paper.

Jill Doise (Teacher, St. Thomas More Catholic High School)


To indicate that the text is too superficial - needs facts with legitimate references.

Julie Fagan (Teacher, Rutgers University)


Department of Redundancy Department! This expression is verbose and unnecessarily repetitious. Some common examples: "Added bonus"; "ATM Machine"; "5 a.m. in the morning"

Jaclynn Rozansky (Teacher, Thomas S. Wootton High School)

Drive-by Quoting

This is called a "drive-by quote" because it appears to be randomly dropped into the paper without introduction, contextualization, or analysis.

Magi Smith (Teacher, Indiana Weleyan)


Using a 25¢ word for a 10¢ job is a waste of 15¢.

Kyle Reynolds (Teacher, Brewster Academy)


Are you sure you're using that word correctly? Are you sure that word's a word?

Alyssa Cady (Grad Student, University of Minnesota)


Three cheers for solid work.

Catherine Mott (Student, Collin College)

Frame the Claim

Whose claim is this? Your reader must assume it is your claim, as it is not attributed to a source. You need to frame it with attribution to its source.

Katie Hughes (Teacher, San Diego State University)

Claim, Evidence, Warrant

To guide students' formal research writing. It's easy for students to know whether they've correctly developed a claim, incorporated evidence well, and explained the connection between the two in their warrant.

Rachel Pezold (Teacher, Washington High School)

Information Dump

When you string source information together without adequate explanation in your own words, you have an "information dump." You need to offer explanations of how the source information supports your own ideas.

Michelle Jarvis (Teacher, Davidson County Community College)

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