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**Tutor Resources**


November 9, 2019

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In MICROSOFT WORD TUTORIALS, see “Microsoft Word 2010 and 2016: Spelling and Grammar Check” (PDF) and Videos. The PDF is not interactive; the .docx file you received via e-mail is so. All Microsoft Word Tutorial videos are now under the brown bar.

On Writing Clearly:

C.S. Lewis,

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 Course Helps

Session Warm-Ups


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

Cursive Fast Guide
Cursive Capitals Fast Guide

Download Free lined paper for writing practice from http://www.studenthandouts.com. (Link)


“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).

Grammar Helps


**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:

  • I
  • ID
  • 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

Pre-Writing “Brainstorming”

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)

Organizing Ideas

Writing an Outline from a Brainstormed Prompt (6 min.)

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.

The PDF copy is not interactive, but for reference only. Please refer to the Template that was e-mailed to you.


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

  1. Write a Sentence Outline from the Keyword Outline
  2. Write a precis to check for cohesiveness; make needed corrections to the S.O.

First Draft

  1. When needed corrections are complete in Sentence Outline, remove outline formatting.
  2. Click “Save As” and name as a new file (e.g., “Racing First Draft.docx”).
  3. Check for paragraph indentations, page formatting, etc.
  4. Read draft and edit for more natural flow of language.
  5. Use Spelling and Grammar Check (see Microsoft Word Tutorials).

Revising Drafts

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.)

Reading/Poetry Resources

Smithsonian’s TweenTribune Web Site (link)

WORLD Teen Web Site (link)

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Microsoft WORD Tutorials for Windows

How to save a Word document as a Word Template using Word 2016 (3:31 minutes)

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