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Transitions & Subordinate Conjunctions (Reference this when writing)

How to Write a Great Essay:

MLA Format

Thesis Statement

Thesis Statement & Topic Sentence Connection


Topic Sentences

Body Paragraphs

Integrating & Explaining Quotes

Integrating Quotes: Signal Phrases




Writing Effective Sentences:

Improving Sentence Clarity

Avoiding Awkward Sentences

How to Spot and Fix Run-Ons 

Sentence Variety

Write Complex Sentences (use subordinating conjunctions to write complex sentences that show relationships between ideas)

Be Active, not Passive: Begin sentences with the subject (Subject -Verb – Direct Object)

Sentence Clarity PowerPoint


Finding Common Errors

Higher Order Concerns and Lower Order Concerns when Revising

Proofreading Suggestions (1) Read your paper aloud. Note anything that sounds awkward or unclear. 2) Read your paper backwards, sentence by sentence – beginning at the end of your essay and working towards the beginning; you will catch sentence and word-level errors you missed the first time.)

Clear & Concise Writing -

Cut Unnecessary Words

The Paramedic Method

Be Active, not passive


MLA Sample Paper

MLA In-Text Quotations: The Basics

MLA – Formatting Quotations

MLA Sample Works Cited Page

MLA Works Cited Page: Basic Format

Writing Effective Paragraphs:

Topic Sentences

On Paragraphs


Organizing your Ideas:

Outline: Why and how?

Essay Outline


Where do I Begin?

Evaluating Sources of Information

Evaluating Websites

Conducting Online Research Power Point

Internet Detective Tutorial

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing

Rhetoric and Logic:

Developing Strong Thesis Statements

Logic in Argumentative Writing

Understanding Rhetoric

Rhetorical Situations Power Point

Intro to Rhetoric Vidcast:

In Defense of Rhetoric: No Longer Just for Liars:

Different Kinds of Essay Genres:

Writing a Research Paper

Writing About Literature

Writing Process Overview