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UPDATE: THE VIDEOS BELOW ARE FIXED...PLEASE USE THE VIDEOS INSTEAD OF THE TEXT. DON'T FORGET TO APPLY WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TO YOUR NARRATIVE COMMON TASK, AND PLEASE HIGHLIGHT YOUR REVISIONS EITHER THROUGH TRACK CHANGES OR THROUGH MANUAL HIGHLIGHTING. THANKS...HAPPY WRITING.
TO MY 117 FRESHMEN: Thanks to an email from a classmate, I understand that these video links aren't working correctly, and I'm working to correct them this afternoon. If you need to do your homework before I get them fixed, just use the "text links," which will provide the same information but in less exciting, written form.
Video Links:
Video 1: Formatting your Dialogue -


Videos 2 and 3: Using commas after introductory phrases and clauses:




Text Links:
How to Format Dialogue
How to Use Commas After Introductory Phrases and Clauses






* - a peer editor's worksheet for Informational Writing


MLA HandbookResearch Paper Handbook
Character Essays:
Funnel Introduction:

Persuasive Essays:

Paragraph Topic Sentences and Clinchers**

Topic Sentences
Each paragraph should begin with a sentence that states what your paragraph will be proving. Be sure you don’t merely make a statement of fact or plot.

Example:
Do this: Portia and Calphurnia are both sensitive women with strong intuition.

Not this: Portia tells her husband she knows something is wrong and Calphurnia dreams about Caesar’s death.

Clinchers:
Each paragraph should end with a sentence that rewords and restates your topic sentence.

Example, using topic sentence example above:
Clearly, both Portia and Calphurnia are deeply attuned to their husbands and surroundings.


Weaving Quotations: Quotations cannot stand alone in your essay, and they should not be woven simplistically. Avoid phrases like "an example of this is the quote when ....." That doesn't "count" as quote weaving. Instead, you should take snippets of a quote and place that snippet within the flow of your own sentence.

Example: “When beggars die, there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.”

  • Ellipses (...) indicate that something has been left out of a quoted sentence.
  • [brackets] indicate that you've changed the punctuation, the tense of a word, or replaced a pronoun with a noun to make the context and grammatical flow of the quotation clear.
  • There are three ways to weave quote in your writing:
    • Put the quote at the end with your words first: Calphurnia cautions Caesar that “...the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.”
    • Put the quote at the beginning of your sentence: “[T]he heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes,” says Calphurnia, cautioning Caesar.
    • Put the quote in the middle of your sentence: Cautioning Caesar, Calphurnia says “the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes,” but he rejects her advice and dies.

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