Writing Skills, Strategies, & Exercises

 

   


 

JWT (JustTheWord) -- collocations, grammar, thesaurus


My Materials
 
Outside Resources


Christine's Tools for Writing

Citing Electronic Resources
(see also Steve Burks' Citing Internet and Electronic Sources, the Purdue OWL's Citation Chart, and Corrected Sample Papers)

E-Mail

E-Mail Etiquette -- components of email; conventions; punctuation; emoticons; purpose
A
dam Turner's Guidelines for writing E-Mail and Sample Formal E-Mail format

 

The Paragraph

The Structure of a Paragraph
 Never giving up: A Wordle of keywords in a paragraph (NorthStar 5: Reading & Writing, p. 64) Wordle: Never giving up
Exercise: Paragraph Structure and Coherence

Checklist for Paragraphs

Rubric to Evaluate Paragraphs

Adam Turner's writing resource web <http://hanyangwriting.tripod.com/> -- excellent guidelines for academic writing, letter writing, email format, TOEFL essay, resume writing, as well as grammar and citations; includes The Paragraph

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

 Sentence Problems: Run-on sentences and fragments (Quizzes/practice on repairing); comma splices, run-on sentences, fragments and run-ons

 

Vocabulary Help

Vocabulary Development Graphic Organizers
Dictionaries
: http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/Links/online_dictionaries.htm#Dictionaries
Thesauri: http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/Links/online_dictionaries.htm#Thesauri
Encyclopedias: http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/Links/online_dictionaries.htm#Encyclopedias (suggestion: use InfoPlease)

Word Processing Exercises

Punctuation Help

A Guide to Punctuation
Commas, the Six Rules


 

Paraphrasing/Summarizing/Answering Essay Questions

Writing a Paraphrase
Guidelines for writing a summary
Essay Questions -- Types, cues, strategies for answering
Performance Inventory for Summary/Essay Question

Proofreading Help

Proofreading your paper
 
(for grammar, punctuation, meaning, vocabulary)

 

Business Communication

Writing a Business Letter -- steps, content, sample
Letter Writing: Business Letter Rubric

Sample Cover Letter (full-block business format)

CareerLab Letters -- Letter writing skills for adult business professionals
The Basic Business Letter and Writing the Business Letter (parts of the 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; sample business letter format
Sample Letters from the Purdue Online Writing Lab
 

 


The Essay

 

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

Checklist for Essays

Outline for a 3-Paragraph Essay
Checklist for a 3-Paragraph Essay (intermediate)

Rubric for evaluating academic writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the essay as a sandwich
Essay Format -- a visual example

Basic Structure of an Essay

Guide to Writing Introductions
Thesis Statement Checklist
Topic Sentence Definitions and Examples
How to Link Ideas
Examples of Sentences with Transitions

The ESOL Essayist--Writing the 5-Paragraph Essay

Types of Essays

Types of Documents (including all types of essays)
argumentative essays; cause and effect essays; descriptive essays; definition essays; description essays; description of a process; compare and contrast essays; persuasive essays

The Cause - Effect Essay
Patterns of Organization of the Cause-Effect Essay
Model Cause, Effect, and Solution Research Essay (with references in APA format)

Persuasive Essay

how to write it; helpful language
Write Source: Persuasive Writing (includes definition, parts, types); Persuasive Writing Templates
Persuasive Writing
: Graphic Organizer; Jeannette Mulholland's The Persuasive Essay; Sample Essay; Download the Persuasive Lesson (PowerPoint); A Canned Lesson Persuasive Writing (PowerPoint); 101 Persuasive Essay Topics; Student Essays

 The Original Persuasive Essay Thesis Builder and Online Outliner (includes Persuasive Essay Thesis Builder; Topic-o-rama)
ESL Flow Examples
Opposing View

Argumentative Essay -- topics, issues

 

 

   

 

2006  Christine Bauer-Ramazani, Saint Michael's College. Last updated: May 3, 2012