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Resources for Composition Common Concerns

These are resources to address the list of diagnostic concerns for composition classes.

Grammar (Especially Punctuation and Using Consistent Verb Tense)

  • Punctuation Made Simple  http://punctuationmadesimple.org/
    • This resource gives explanations and examples for how to correctly use colons, semicolons, commas, dashes, and apostrophes.

Sentence Structure (Especially Run-on Sentences and Fragments)

  • Punctuation Made Simple  http://punctuationmadesimple.org/
    • This resource gives explanations and examples for how to correctly use colons, semicolons, commas, dashes, and apostrophes.
  • Commas  http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/commas/
    • This resource clearly but concisely explains, in both formal terms and thorough description of the terms, when and how to use commas in different common situations. It also provides clear examples of both what to do and what is considered incorrect writing.

Documentation

Lack of Editing/Revision of Final Work

Summarizing Instead of Analyzing (Not Knowing the Difference)

  • Literature (Fiction)  http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/literature-fiction/
    • This handout goes through the different components of a literary analysis paper with tips on how to best write one. It also briefly describes different literary theories that you might use in your paper.

Lack of Organization—Jumping around in Essays, Not Dividing Paragraphs, etc.

  • Reverse Outlines: A Writer’s Technique for Examining Organization  http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/ReverseOutlines.html
    • This resource explains what a reverse outline is and how you can use it during revision. It also provides questions that you can ask when looking at and working with your reverse outline.

Lack of Support

Trouble Distinguishing Between Similar Words

Falsely Elevated Language and/or Wordiness

Difficulty in Reading for Analysis

Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

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