Grammar & Writing

WRITING CONTENT
(What a Good Essay Does)

Graphic Organizers
Full Essay Graphic Organizer (Grade 10) – Helps you map out a full essay
Body Paragraph Organizer – a three-point argument to support a topic sentence

Introductory Paragraph

Introductory Paragraphs – The expectations and a sample
Thesis Statements – What makes a strong thesis statement
How to brainstorm a thesis of your own
Frosted Mini-Wheat Titles – How to title your essay

Body Paragraphs

Analysis Tips and Reminders
Tips on Close Reading
– and an EXAMPLE
Quote Analysis Exercise – A good resource to know if you are handling your quotes well

Concluding Paragraphs

Concluding Paragraphs – The expectations and a sample

Works Cited Page

Sample Works Cited Page
How to Format Different Types of Media on a Works Cited Page
Link to easybib.com – a great resource for helping format Works Cited pages

WRITING STYLE
(Grammar & Syntax)

Present Tense (Simple Tense vs. Progressive)
Apostrophe Abuse
Pronoun Problems
Subject-Verb Agreement
Sentence Variety
Using semicolons and colons correctly
Parallel Structure

WRITING MUSTS
(Classwide Style Expectations)

Freshmen Five (* = link goes to a Purdue OWL page, ** = link goes to Grammar Girl)

Proper pronoun* (Avoid 1st & 2nd person except, perhaps, in the Hook Intro) and verb usage* (a reminder: Use present simple tense in literature essays, past tense for historical ones)
Correct Citation
MLA FORMATTING TEMPLATES for GOOGLE DRIVE and MS-WORD
Avoiding Casual Language**
Comma Usage*     
  Comma Practice Pages

FIRST SEMESTER

Sophomore Six (* = link goes to a Purdue OWL page)

Avoiding Common Errors:     Page 1     Page 2    Page 3    Page 4
FLUFF!!
Topic Sentences

SECOND SEMESTER

Explaining Evidence (Or “Subquoting”)
Using Quotes Correctly and Well
Transitioning: CLICK HERE* and HERE*

Middle School Musts (for a refresher)

Capitalization (link goes to the Purdue Online Writing Lab)
Punctuation
Title Punctuation

REMINDER PAGE FOR HMS, FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORE GRAMMAR

ANALYTICAL WRITING RUBRICS

Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11

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