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GENERAL INFO AND UPDATES
Please always check these pages weekly. New items are going up all the time to help you.
In GRAMMAR, see Verbs, Pesky Pronouns, and Verbals.
In WRITING, see Outlining (YouTube video and Template.doc download). The template is a Word Template to “save as Template”. See e-mail to know how to save and use this template on your computer.
On Writing Clearly:
The way for a person to develop a [writing] style is (a) to know exactly what he wants to say, and (b) to be sure he is saying exactly that. The reader, we must remember, does not start by knowing what we mean. If our words are ambiguous, our meaning will escape him. I sometimes think that writing is like driving sheep down a road. If there is any gate open to the left or the right the readers will most certainly go into it.C.S. Lewis, as quoted in pt. 2 of “The Final Interview of C. S. Lewis” by Sherwood Wirt
ambiguous = open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning.
GENERAL LINKS AND PRESENTATIONS
General Course Helps
For cursive practice, collecting great passages from literature, quotes from literature, scripture passages, maxims and proverbs, personal rules (e.g., George Washington’s “Rules for Civility”). Procedure: Get a THIN blankbook that is easy to write in, with college-rule lines. Label it. This is a “keeper” book. Use your best handwriting. Longer passages (such as a literature passage) may be typed, printed, cut and pasted into the book.
“How and Why to Keep a Commonplace Book” | Thought Catalog (link), by Ryan Holiday, Aug 28, 2013
“The 1000 Most Common SAT Words”, (download below) in alphabetical order. 70 pages.
Pacing: 15 words per week/5 days a week = 3 words a day! (to go through 500 words)
Study Procedure: Copy 15 words from the SAT list onto the Records Sheet provided below. Divide them either Syllable Division or Morphological Division. Look up the etymologies of 3 words per week using etymonline.com or Google Search. Use these words in your writing, practicing your skills. Bring your work to class for “Study Check” (✔︎ or ✘ for the week).
**Subordinating Conjunctions List PDF (link) by Livingston.org. Print and Memorize.
“Subordinating Conjunction: What can a subordinating conjunction do for my writing?” at ThoughtCo.com (Link) 8 pages.
The Relative Clause/Relative Pronoun (link to PDF) by Grammar Bytes! Print/Memorize.
The Conjunctive Adverb (Link to PDF) by Grammar Bytes! Print/Memorize.
The Essential Clause (Link to PDF) by Grammar Bytes!
Sentence Structure Types:
- D, I
- I, cc I
- I; ca, I
- I divided by ,D,
- Independent Clause = Simple Sentence
- Independent>Dependent (no comma)
- Dep. headed by subord. conj. (COMMA), Indep.
- Indep. (COMMA), coord. conj. > Indep.
- Indep. (SEMI-COLON); conj. adv. (COMMA), Indep.
- Indep. divided by a dependent clause beginning with a relative pronoun and surrounded by COMMAS.
Identifying the Purpose or Prompt
Note: Pages 1-9 are Pre-Writing Procedures. Pages 10-15 are Writing, Revising, and Submitting the Drafts and final assignment. This is a general guide for you.
“How to Create a Mind Map on Microsoft Word” (Link) by Edraw.
Dear John (A Day in the Life of a Dyslexic Teenager) (LINK to YouTube)
You will notice that in the video, she uses sentences instead of keywords. She used keywords in her brainstorming session. Notice that she is having to come up with new supporting ideas, which she did not have on her brainstorming session. This is an advanced writer.
Remember, the point of this video is to see how she is ordering her ideas into an outline. We are simply breaking the work down into the smaller chunks by creating a KEYWORD outline before writing a sentence outline. We then rehearse that process until we can do as she is doing, later when we are well-drilled in the process.
I have this in .docx format. I will e-mail my students this format so you can save it as a Word Doc Template. But this PDF download is for general viewing. It wouldn’t hurt to just print out a copy to put in your notebook as a hard-copy reference!
“How to write a good hook for your essay” – at bid4papers.com (LINK).
“How to write a strong conclusion for your essay” – at bid4papers.com (LINK);
Drafting from an Outline
RSCC OWL: “Removing Word Clutter” (LINK)
RSCC OWL: “Revision Checklist for Essays” (LINK)
RSCC OWL: “Cohesion” (LINK). (cohesion = “sticks together well”)
(* all downloads with an asterisk are derived from Silva Rhetoricae, Brigham Young University at rhetoric.byu.edu. These forms are handouts I made from their website with my own notes included.)
WORLD Teen Web Site (link)
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