Writing & Grammar 11 Web Links
- Brainstorming—This handout contains helpful hints and a useful method for effective brainstorming.
- Ice Sculptures—Excellent pictures to supplement the freewriting example on the topic of ice sculptures
- Freewriting—Look specifically at the freewriting step of brainstorming.
- Lott Carey—Additional material to supplement Gathering Information on a black Christian in history
- Purdue OWL on the Writing Process—Information on the Writing Process (including planning, gathering information, outlining, writing a thesis statement, and revising)
- UNC Writing Center on the Writing Process—Further information on the Writing Process (including planning, gathering information, outlining, writing a thesis statement, and revising)
- Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr.—Additional material to supplement content of paragraph illustrating chronological order
- Paragraph Development— Helpful advice about paragraph development
- Bedford/St. Martin's A Writer's Reference Exercises—Provide practice in teaching parts of speech
- Adjectives and Adverbs—Examples of usage and profitable exercises for adjectives and adverbs
- Essay Exams—Valuable strategies for effectively answering questions on essay exams.
- Sentence Types—Online quiz over kinds of sentences (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory)
- Eric Liddell—(topic of practice the skill 3.3) Short biography, photographs, and more
- Mary Slessor—(topic of review the skill 3.4) Various biographies and other pertinent information.
- Folktales—Tips by writers on writing a folktale
- Grammatical Phrases—A variety of articles and exercises about various parts of speech.
- Verbal Phrases—Gerunds, Participles, and Infinitives
- eHow Letter to the Editor—Helpful tips and instructions for writing an effective and courteous letter to the editor
- About.com Letter to the Editor—Tips and step by step instructions for constructing a correct letter to the editor
- Purdue Online Writing Lab—Information about the usage and distinguishing features of independent and dependent clauses
- Independent and Dependent Clauses—Information on independent and dependent clauses at middle school level for students struggling with the concepts
- Interactive Quizzes—Quizzes over many grammatical subjects (see especially the clauses and phrases subheading)
- Yale—PDF about different kinds and basic elements of sentences.
- Sentence Examples—PDF with examples of various sentence types
- UNC The Writing Center—Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
- Comma Splices and Fused Sentences—PowerPoint and quizzes about comma splices and fused sentences
- Purdue OWL—Examples and exercises covering run-ons, comma splices, and fused sentences
- Indiana University—PDF explaining Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
- Pearson—PDF with explanation of comma splices and fused sentences (includes exercises)
- Fragments, Fused Sentences, and Comma Splices—Ten–question activity on fused sentences, comma splices, and fragments
- NASA—Contains many images captured by Hubble Telescope as well as interesting information, (topic of research paper illstration)
- HubbleSite—Contains many images captured by Hubble as well as interesting information
- HowStuffWorks—Contains many images captured by Hubble as well as interesting information
- Purdue OWL—Writing a research paper
- Subject/Verb Agreement—Includes a PowerPoint presentation and quizzes
- Purdue OWL—Handout to help students understand the concepts behind Subject/Verb agreement
- LanguageArts—Good PowerPoint and PDFpresentations to drill basic principles of Subject/Verb agreement
- Wisconsin Technical College System—Excellent Subject/Verb agreement online quiz giving immediate feedback on answers
- Big Dog Grammar—Excellent Subject/Verb agreement 10-point quiz giving immediate feedback on answers
- Townson.edu—Teaches concepts of pronoun/antecedent agreement through use of visual aids
- Big Dog Grammar—Comments on sexism in language and ends with pronoun/antecedent agreement self-test giving immediate feedback
- Learning Center OWL—Online writing lab includes 2 10-point quizzes over pronoun/antecedent agreement
- Wisconsin Technical College System—Interactive site including information on pronouns as well as agreement
- Bedford St. Martin—Exercises covering grammar, mechanics, and punctuation from A Writer's Reference by Diana Hacker with answer keys password protected for teachers
- Freelance Writing—Tips on writing a Memoir (memoir vs. autobiography)
- NPR Books—William Zinsser discusses memoirs (audio file)
- Purdue OWL—Handouts teaching sequence of tenses through tense consistency
- Super Teacher—Worksheet and answer key on verb tenses
- Voice—Information and worksheet on voice
- Prophessional Writing Style—12 lessons and accompanying exercises on improving writing style, the first lesson of which is voice
- Purdue OWL—Handout on parallel structure
- Writing Center—Focusing sentences through parallelism
- Parallelism—Information and 2 quizzes
- Big Dog Grammar—Information and self-test on pronoun reference
- Lewis and Clark College—Problems with pronoun reference
- Pearson––10-point pronoun reference quiz with answers
- Interviewing—Information about different types of interviews and how to conduct them.
- Purdue OWL—Information on case and problems with case
- Germana Community College—Information on case, including use of who and whom
- LeTourneau University—Information and excersizes about Pronoun Cases.
- Quia—Rags to riches: a fun game to practice pronoun case skills
- Illogical Shifts in Tense, Person, Number, and Voice—Information and exercises
- Writing Literary Analysis—Information, including a debatable thesis
- Literary Analysis Essay—Excellent Information about writing a literary analysis essay
- Literary Criticism I—Information about the full literary criticism process from research to final product
- Literary Criticism II—Contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works
- Adjective and Adverb Use––Information on use of adjectives with countable and noncountable nouns and on correct choice between adjective and adverb
- More About Adjective and Adverb Use––Help with good/well, bad/badly, real/really, kind of/sort of
- Quiz on Adjective Versus Adverb––Excellent 30-point online quiz with feedback and links to tutorials
- Purdue University Writing Lab––Workshop on sentence clarity and combining, including modifiers
- About.com—Information and exercises about modifiers both misplaced and dangling.
- Butte College—Tips to avoid problems with modifiers
- Purdue OWL Engagement: 1.2 Modifiers—Information and an exercise for misplaced and dangling modifiers
- YourDictionary—Examples of dangling modifiers.
- University of New Hampshire—Handout for dangling modifiers
- Big Dog Grammar—10-point quiz over dangling and misplaced modifiers with feedback
- American Medical Writers Association—A motivational and instructional article on fine points of grammar, including modifiers, written by medical writers
- infoplease—Samples of misplaced modifiers and 10-point quiz with answers
- Writing English—Information about and Examples of Analogies.
- Butte College—Information about and Examples of Analogies.
- Brainstorm Services—Information about and Examples of Analogies.
- Analogies—Information about and Examples of Analogies.
- Word Wise—Information about and examples of good Capitalization.
- infoplease—Information about and examples of good Capitalization.
- Writing Center—Information about and examples of good Capitalization.
- Types of Poetry—Examples and information about narrative poetry.
- Life on the Periphery—Examples and information about narrative poetry.
- Punctuation—Information and Punctuation exercises
- Purdue OWL—Punctuation information
- Super Teacher—Information and Punctuation exercises
- Purdue OWL—The Apostrophe
- Purdue OWL—Punctuation exercises
- A Writer’s Reference—Exercises for sentence style, including emphasis and variety
- Purdue OWL—Commas
- Orchard Keeper—Information about Hymns
- Hymn Writing—Information about Hymns
- Apostrophes—Exercises reinforcing apostrophe knowledge.
- Quotation Marks—Exercises designed to teach quotation marks.
- Mechanics—Various exercises pertaining to grammar mechanics.
- Purdue OWL—Sentence and Clause arrangement
- Purdue OWL—Strategies for variation in syntax
- Owens Community College—Various techniques and tips for creating variety and emphasis in sentence structure while writing.
- MIT—Various techniques and tips for creating variety and emphasis in sentence structure while writing.
- Pearson—Various techniques and tips for creating variety and emphasis in sentence structure while writing.
- Grossmont College—Various techniques and tips for creating variety and emphasis in sentence structure while writing.
- Sentence Variety—Various techniques and tips for creating variety and emphasis in sentence structure while writing.
- Writer's Reference—Various techniques and tips for creating variety and emphasis in sentence structure while writing.
- USC Beaufort Library—Information and tips for effective research
- The Ohio State University—Information and tips for effective research
- Dewey Decimal—Information and tips for effective research
- World Almanac—Downloadable PDFs of activities and helpful hints for using the World Almanac for research
- Research & Reference—Information and tips for effective research
- FamilyEducation—Ten tips to effective study
- Mind Tools—Information to help improve memorization skills
- AcademicTips—Information to help improve memorization skills
- HelpGuide—Information to help improve memorization skills
- ACT—Helpful tips and information about taking the ACT
- Tennesee.gov—Helpful information about effective test taking
- Test Taking Central—Helpful information about effective test taking
- Reading from Scratch—Tips to improve spelling
- Spelling Rules—Tips and Exercises to improve spelling
- Spelling—Tips and Exercises to improve spelling
- Your Dictionary: Spelling and Spelling Activities—Links to lists of grade-level spelling words, lists of frequently misspelled words, activities for improving spelling, and more
- PurdueOWL—Tips and Exercises to improve spelling
- Interactive Quizzes: Spelling—Quizzes for spelling review located in the “Spelling” section of the list
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