Tag Archives: grammar

What Second-Semester Writing Students Should Already Know

  • what a thesis statement is (an assertion about the topic and a blueprint of the paper) and is not (a topic, a question, or an announcement)
  • how to write a relevant, specific, and interesting title
  • how to write a clear, effective thesis statement
  • how to write an interesting, well-developed introduction leading into the thesis statement and the body of the paper
  • how to write unified, coherent body paragraphs with clearly stated topic sentences and adequate support
  • how to write a well-developed, interesting conclusion
  • hot to transition smoothly between paragraphs and sections
  • how to write grammatically correct sentences (no fragments or run-ons)
  • how to use punctuation correctly
  • how to make pronouns agree with antecednets and verbs with subjects
  • how to write parallel lists and headings
  • that first- and second-person pronouns should be avoided in academic writing (except personal and process essays)
  • that contractions are not appropriate in formal academic writing
  • how to freewrite and create mind maps (clustering)
  • how to prepare a formal outline
  • how to prepare a paper in MLA format
  • what plagiarism is
  • how to use basic features in a word processing program
  • how to save a file as a different type
  • how to upload or attach a file

Resources on Using Commas Correctly

Explanation:

Practice:

Resources on Using Parallelism in Writing

Explanation:

Practice:

Grammar Resources

I’ve found the following grammar sites with explanations and exercises for my students:

I’d appreciate links to any other good sites.

5C’s Conference

On Friday, April 13, I’ll be attending the 5C’s Conference. Some of the sessions look pretty interesting. Several of them are on grammar, so I’m hoping to get some ideas for my developmental classes at Red Rocks this summer.