On this page, I’ve listed short essays and videos on writing effective papers. You may be asked to read some of them. We probably won’t read every single one, and that’s okay. Follow the homework assignments posted on the course blog to make sure you’re reading what is assigned each day.
If any of the links do not work, or if you have questions, please contact me.
- “Advertising’s 15 Basic Appeals,” Jib Fowles
- “Avoiding Wordiness,” Douglas College handout
- “Finding the Main Idea When Reading,” Columbia College
- “Finding the Main Idea,” Landmark School Outreach
- “Comparing & Contrasting Sources,” UNC Writing Center
- “Synthesizing Your Research Findings,” Writing Commons
- “Paragraph Structure,” SmrtEnglish
- “Guide to Transition Words & Sentence Samples,” Gallaudet University
A lot of your homework is reading your textbook, Grammar to Go. However, you may also be asked to listen to, or read, some of the following podcast episodes.
The Grammar Girl links take you to a short essay on grammar, but be sure to look for the “Play” button in the upper-right hand corner of the page, so that way you can listen to the podcast, rather than simply reading the text.
- “Complex-Compound Sentences” Grammar Girl
- “What is a Subordinate Clause?” Grammar Girl
- “How to Write Clear Sentences,” Grammar Girl
- “Comma Splice,” Grammar Girl
- “Active Voice versus Passive Voice,” Grammar Girl
- “Parallel Structure: Patterns are Pleasing,” Grammar Girl
- “How to Use Semicolons,” Grammar Girl