Advanced College Writing

 


 SYLLABUS, Fall 2016

Contents: Christine's Materials | Outside Resources | Business Communication | Report Writing | The Essay | The Research Paper | Reaction/Response Paper

Christine's Links to Useful TESL/CALL Resources (including dictionaries, concordances)

Genres of Academic Writing
 


My Materials
 

Outside Resources

Grading: Rubrics

Academic Writing Scoring Rubric (weighted)

Response Performance Inventory

Writing Help/Grammar

Techniques of Sentence Combination
(Discourse Markers)

Correction Symbols
(Revision Strategies, & Words to Avoid in Academic Writing)

Run-on sentences and fragments
       Quizzes/practice on repairing

Articles -- Decision Tree
Articles - Exercise
Articles - Exercise (answers)
 

Rules for using "the" with proper nouns 
Notes on Article Usage
Exercise: The Traveler & My Mistake

 

Essay Questions -- Types, cues, strategies for answering

Checklist for Paragraphs
The Structure of a Paragraph

Checklist for Essays

Checking for Coherence--Self-Assessment or Peer Review

Paraphrasing/Summarizing/Answering Essay Questions

Writing a Paraphrase
Guidelines for writing a summary

Outline for a Summary & Response/Reaction
Essay Questions -- Types, cues, strategies for answering
Performance Inventory for Summary/Essay Question

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Writing Help

Paragraphs

The Basics: The Elements of Style

  1. Elementary Principles of Composition (William Strunk, Jr.)

  2. Elementary Rules of Usage (William Strunk, Jr.) -- possessives, commas, dangling participles, word division

  3. A Few Matters of Form (William Strunk, Jr.) -- headings, numerals, parentheses, quotations, references, titles

Adam Turner's Types of Documents (resources for all types of writing, including essays, letters, and email, applying for jobs, job writing, general academic writing, applications to colleges, graduate-
level writing, and more)

Purdue OWL's General Technical Writing Guidelines: (sentence clarity, Subject-Verb Agreement, Active/Passive Voice, Sentence Fragments, Transitional Devices, Independent and Dependent Clauses, Using Pronouns Clearly, Non-Sexist Language, Proofreading for Commas; also see Jargon, Defining Terms, and Writing Numbers)

Michael Harvey's Nuts and Bolts of College Writing:

Plagiarism

Avoiding plagiarism -- instruction, examples, exercises

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity -- Interactive video/lesson about the not-so-obvious as well as the obvious ways students may commit academic integrity offenses.

Intro Tutorial to Plagiarism -- An interactive tutorial with multiple-choice questions and answers about examples of paraphrases and plagiarized passages

Avoiding Plagiarism (Purdue OWL)

Student Plagiarism Guide

 

Graphic Organizers: 5 Main Types: Star/Web, Chart/Matrix, Tree/Map, Chain, Sketch
More Graphic Organizers from EdHelper: General(topic-main points - supporting points), Cause-Effect, Storytelling, Misc. (including Compare/Contrast, Paragraph, Essay

Brainstorm Graphic Organizers

Comparison/Contrast: Compare & Contrast--aspects; Compare & Contrast: Similarities & Differences; Compare/contrast

Simile

Cause & Effect (9), Sequence or Chain of Events

Vocabulary Development and Concept Organizers
Descriptive Concept Map

Problem-Solution: 1 problem > several solutions; problems > effects, causes > solutions

Expanded Venn Diagram  (similarities/differences/overlaps)

Chronological Order: Time-Order Chart

Character & Story

Research: Research Cycle Concept Map
Research Cycle Cluster Diagram

Report Writing

Please consult the Purdue OWL Web site for Writing a Report, including

See also Reports in English

Reports

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The Essay
 

Outline Form for a 5-Paragraph Essay (or piece of writing)

Checklist for Essays

Checking for Coherence--Self-Assessment or Peer Review

Rubric for evaluating academic writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Structure of an Essay

Guide to Writing Introductions
Guide to Writing Introductions and Conclusions
Guide to Writing Introductions and Conclusions -- Gallaudet University. 
Topic Sentence = Topic + Controlling Idea
Examples of Sentences with Transitions

The ESOL Essayist--Writing the 5-Paragraph Essay
Basic Structure of an Essay


The Essay

Types of Documents (including all types of essays)

Types of Essays

Cause and effect - this exercise introduces the vocabulary and grammar needed to describe causes and effects. Includes an exercise.
The Cause - Effect Essay -- see Graphic Organizers for Cause/Effect: Cause & Effect (9), Sequence or Chain of Events
Problem and solution -- see Graphic Organizers for Problem/Solution: 1 problem > several solutions; problems > effects, causes > solutions
Comparative
Advantages and disadvantages
Chronological
Classification

Argumentative Essay -- includes topics, issues, thesis statements, sources of information on different topics
Argument -- includes scaffolding (vocabulary, explanations, examples) for
advancing, reviewing, internal reference, counter arguments, conceding , qualifying, analogy, questions, hypothetical, argument 1 quiz, argument 2, quiz, argument 3 quiz, argument 4 quiz

Resources

  • The Error Detector  - copy and paste your essay into the box and
    the Error Detector finds some common problems in academic essay writing and gives you tips how to solve them.
  • Organisation Tool - helps you to re-organise lists; e.g. lists of topics to put in essays
  • Pros and Cons Calculator - helps you decide which side of an argument is stronger
  • Scanner - a program that highlights the words in a text that are easy
    for a reader to find. Use it to improve the organisation and reader-friendliness of your writing
  • Advanced Dictionary Skills - this site will teach you how to find
    the meaning of words faster, and teach you how to improve your vocabulary and pronunciation

Grammar Help

Sentence Parts and Parts of Speech

Articles -- Decision Tree
Articles - Exercise
Articles - Exercise (answers)
See also this Cloze Exercise on Do We Really Need to Sleep--A, An, The, or No Article

Grammar Resources on the Web

  • Subject-verb agreement - an explanation and an exercise.
  • The Error Detector  - copy and paste your essay into the box and the Error Detector finds some common problems in academic essay writing and gives you tips how to solve them.

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Vocabulary Help

Vocabulary Development Graphic Organizers
Dictionaries
: http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/Links/online_dictionaries.htm#Dictionaries (suggestion: Use Merriam-Webster for English-English and yourDictionary.com for your language>English; there is also an online English learnersí dictionary on the page; itís the one by Newbury House).
Advanced Dictionary Skills - this site will teach you how to find
the meaning of words faster, and teach you how to improve your vocabulary and pronunciation
Thesauri: http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/Links/online_dictionaries.htm#Thesauri (suggestion: Use Merriam-Webster and/or Newbury House)
Encyclopedias: http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/Links/online_dictionaries.htm#Encyclopedias (suggestion: use InfoPlease)

 

 

Business Communication

Writing a Business Letter -- steps, content, sample

Writing a Business Memo--Guidelines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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E-Mail

Business Letters

The Basic Business Letter
(Purdue Online Writing Lab)
Parts of a Business Letter
Writing Business Letters--Core Vocabulary Sheet 1
Writing Business Letters--Core Vocabulary Sheet 2
Writing Business Letters--Core Vocabulary Sheet 3

Guide to Basic Business Letters -- includes conventional phrases and several types of letters
Online Technical Writing: Business Correspondence: Overview (components, formats, style--correct/incorrect)

Inquiry Letters--types, content, format, and samples
Making an Inquiry

Enquiry letters - describes the content, language and organisation of letters of enquiry. Includes an exercise.

Job-related letters
Replying to an Inquiry

Enquiry letter replies - describes the content and language of letters of enquiry, with example letters. Includes an exercise.

Reply to Enquiry Practice Task - follow the instructions to write a reply to a letter of enquiry, send it in, and the computer will comment on your writing.

(Job) Application letters -- types, format, and samples

Sales Letter Writing a cover letter for a job application
Job Application Letter Writer - fill in the boxes and this program will write your letter for you.
Placing an Order Responding to an ad
Making a Claim Requesting an open position
Complaint and Adjustment Letters -- with annotations of samples
How to write complaint letters - describes the content, language and organisation of letters of complaint, and includes examples and an exercise.
The grammar of complain / complaint
Letter of complaint practice task -  type in your letter and the computer will analyse it for you, and give you some feedback.
Resumes -- layout, designs, formats -- with annotations
Adjusting a Claim
How to write adjustment letters - includes the stages of dealing with complaints, some useful expressions, some example letters, and an exercise.
Adjustment Letter Constructor - build a letter of adjustment by selecting the right phrases.
Letter of Adjustment (Reply to a Letter of Complaint) correction exercise.
Positive Tone in Adjustment Letters
Adjustment letter practice task - type in your letter and the computer will analyse it for you, and give you some feedback.
Adjustment letter scenario and practice task - go through the interactive office scenario, then write your letter of adjustment and submit it. The computer will give you feedback.
CareerLab Letters -- Letter writing skills for adult business professionals
Arranging a Meeting: reading comprehension exercise on a letter arranging a meeting. This exercise illustrates the format and layout of a modern business letter.

Memos

How to write memos -- includes

  • Organisation of Memos - how to use headings to make the organisation of a memo clearer. This exercise also looks at ways to persuade your reader to do the action you want.
  • Formality in Memos - shows the right language to use for a formal memo of resignation
  • Memo Headings - making the organisation of your memos more reader-friendly
  • Memo writing scenario and practice task - read the interactive office scenario, then write a memo and submit it. The computer will give you feedback on your memo.

The Research Paper

Outline for a Research Paper

Citing Electronic Resources

Sample Cover Page

Checklist for Effective Introduction and Conclusion

Rubric: Effective Introduction and Conclusion

Purdue OWL's Writing a Research Paper (includes genre--types of research papers, audience, plagiarism--topic, scope, thesis or question, research, outline, first draft, revisions, proofreads, and additional resources

Research and Writing Tips

Research Paper Checklist and Evaluation Criteria (weighted rubric)

Evaluating Internet Sources

 

 

 

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Citing Internet and Electronic Sources (Steve Burks, 2005)

Citing Sources -- extensive examples of integrating paraphrases and quotations

   

Reaction/Response Paper

Performance Inventory for Response

Outline for Summary & Response

Performance Inventory for Summary & Response

From the Writing Studio at Duke University: Response/Reaction Paper

  • Definition of Genre

  • Questions to Ask

  • Actions to Take

  • Actions Not to Take

  • Helpful Links

 

 

 

© 2006  Christine Bauer-Ramazani, Saint Michael's College. Last updated October 30, 2015