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English III & IV N. Foster

     Grammar Directions—the sheet to keep in your notebook and have in class each day.


   Links to Literary Resources – probably everything you’ll need – by Mark McGowin from NCSU—wonderful for research

         Topic sentences

         Thesis statements

         Vague Pronoun Reference  - ditto  -  ditto  - ditto 

         Pronoun Antecedent Agreement    ditto

         Active & Passive Voice—Avoid passive voice     

         Consistency—of point of view and of tense 

         Verbs that help in analysis

         Guide to Tone Words

         Discussing Style

         More-than-10 Writing Commandments

         I Have a Spelling Chequer

         Think Your Grammar Checker and Spelling Checker are all you need? - This paragraph has been spell checked and grammar checked!!! Word says it’s perfect.

         How to Write Good

         Elements of Style by Strunk & White

         A Concise Guide to Style : Punctuation  - Apostrophe, brackets, colon, comma, dashes, ellipses, exclamation point, period, parentheses, hypen, question mark, quotation mark, semicolon, virgule – Short, simple explanations for the use of each!

         Writing Resources on the Web

         Writing the College Essay – done by someone else, but it has good



         A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices

         A Glossary of Rhetorical Terms with Examples

         Glossary of Poetic Terms

         Literary & Rhetoric terms – if you need help defining key terms, use     

              this page and its links

         A superb, searchable glossary of literary devices AND rhetorical terms


         What AP Readers Long to See

         Purdue On-line Writing Lab -A fantastic resource for writers!

              Their Instructional Handouts are great mini-lessons on

               grammar and style


       Guide to Grammar and Writing -LOVE THIS SITE! Great

              explanations of punctuation, grammar and stylistic concepts, and

              little interactive quizzes to check yourself.

        Common Errors in Usage – by Paul Brians

        Tools You Need to Master – These 4 links are a witty and

               irreverent collection of advice and strategies by George Mason

               writing teacher Jamie Brown

        General Rules for Writers

        Don’t Rehash What Your Reader Already Knows

        Symbols & Symbolism

               On-line Writing Resources

       Transitional devices

       Coherence: Transitions Between Ideas

       More transitional devices & tips – from Mark Kilmer

       Weak expletives & how to get rid of them

       Weak use of passive voice & how to revise it

       Introductions & Conclusions – good tips from Mrs. Filak

       Introduction tips – from Mark Kilmer

       Conclusion tips – from Mark Kilmer – be careful; when he says “new information”, he is not referring to new information that requires proof. You do not want your conclusion to simply rehash what you have already  said clearly.

       Suggestions from Ed Vavra – Pennsylvania College of Technology – just ignore the first paragraph since it has nothing to do with you.


       Avoiding Plagiarism

       Don’t you dare!! - Be sure to read this!!

         Want to know what the Bible says about plagiarism? Go here!



       Format rubric for early papers [papers due before research paper]

       Outline format sample fr. MLA Handbook, 1984

        Sample of the way your first page should look fr. MLA Handbook,

              1984 – This page is a graphic that is too large to put up. You have this in your materials from class. Sorry!

      Great on-line source—bibliography formats as well as what the parenthetical documentation should be


       Redundancies & how to correct them



       Good Journals

       Inference: Reading and Writing Ideas As Well As Words – an excellent page to read to get at the kind of journals I want.

       Interpretation – See this sheet. In your journals, I want interpretation


Writing Links

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