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
Active & Passive Voice—Avoid passive voice
Consistency—of point of view and of tense
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.
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 the College Essay – done by someone else, but it has good
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
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
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.
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
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