Nov 10: Agenda

We will meet in the computer lab, as usual. We will review your homework (M.U.G.) and read an article together in class. For homework, you will write an essay based on the article we read in class.

November 3, 2014: HOMEWORK

It is important to give yourself at least 30 minutes to edit your essay. A general rule is to spend 30 minutes reading and taking notes, 60 minutes (1 hour) writing, and 30 minutes editing. However, some of you may need to adjust this schedule according to your own needs. This week I want you to focus on editing. Below is a link to 19 exercises called M.U.G. (Mechanics, Usage and Grammar).  After each exercise you will find the corrections. Don’t cheat! Try and fix the sentences before you look at the answers!

Grammar MUGShots

Topical Articles!

Quick Tips!

quick tips
  • Make sure you know what the question is asking. If necessary, write out the various parts of the question and check the parts off as you’ve answered them.
  • You may use “I,” or first person, to write your response.
  • Make some kind of notes while you read. This will help you remember ideas you may want to use in your writing.

  • Use some kind of organizer before you begin writing your response. You can concentrate more on the expression of your ideas once you’ve got your major points “mapped out.”
  • Don’t write long sentences. Be short and to the point. It’s easy to lose control of a long sentence. (Periods are always easier to use than commas.)
  • Only use words you are certain you can spell. No one is impressed by big words that are spelled wrong.
  • Make sure you have checked verb and plural endings. Sometimes word endings aren’t heard and accidentally get dropped when writing. For example: I used to be a math major. I was supposed to take this test last semester.
  • Beware of apostrophes. Its (It’s) easy to make a mistake when your (you’re) under pressure. If your (you’re) afraid youll (you’ll) write things incorrectly,dont (don’t) use contractions at all!
  • More apostrophe advice: Remember to use apostrophes to show possession. For example: The student’s homework… (singular and possessive) or The students’ homework… (plural)
  • Watch out for quotation marks! Remember to put your end marks. Many people often forget to “close quote.” Also, put periods, question marks, exclamation points, and commas inside your quotation marks.

  • If you are recopying or typing your paper for your final draft, make sure you don’t copy incorrectly. Sometimes, in the rush, words get omitted. Copy carefully!

  • When you have finished writing your paper, first read it from top to bottom and then read it from bottom to top (sentence by sentence). It’s easier to catch mistakes when you break up the flow.