(late of Prince George's Community College)
Author Talk: Nancy Sommers
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Part 1: Succeeding in college
1. Becoming a college writer a. Choose topics you care aboutb. Form a community of readers around youc, Engage with the texts you readd. Consider counterarguments
2. Time managementa. The case for time managementb. Taking charge of your timec. Four time-wasting habits to avoidd. Two tools to keep you on track
3. Ethics and personal responsibilitya. What is cheating?b. How widespread is cheating?c. The case for integrityd. Tools teachers use when they suspect cheatinge. How to be a responsible student: 10 tipsf. How to paraphrase (to avoid plagiarism)4. College etiquettea. Four truthsb. Attitudec. Starting outd. Classroom rulese. Collaborating with others: The group projectf. Communicating with your professor
Part 2: Succeeding in your writing course5. Developing active reading strategiesa. On-ramps for reading assignmentsb. Pay attention to titlesc. Read for patternsd. Understand vocabularye. Identify main ideasf. Outline what you readg. Converse with a reading6. Strengthening peer review and collaboration skillsa. What is peer reviewb. Tips for offering feedback to a peerc. Tips for working with feedback from a peer d. What is collaboratione. Tips for collaborating effectively7. Outlining and planning your writinga. Using an informal outline to planb. Using a formal outline to planc. Using headings to pland. Using a map to plan8. Writing for an audiencea. The link between purpose and audienceb. Specific, specialized, or target audiencesc. Content, vocabulary, tone, and exigenced. Questions to help identify audiencee. Comparing sample paragraphs9. Graphic organizers for common types of writing a. A basic essayb. An analytical essayc. A compare/contrast essay (Option 1)d. A compare/contrast essay (Option 2)e. An argument essay (Option 1)f. An argument essay (Option 2)g. An annotated bibliographyh. A proposal10. Graphic organizers for common types of paragraphsa. Exampleb. Illustrationc. Narrationd. Descriptione. Processf. Compare/contrastg. Analogyh. Classificationi. Cause/effectj. Definition11. Using sentence guides to develop academic skillsa. Presenting information and others’ viewsb. Presenting your own viewsc. Putting it all together12. Integrating sources: Quotation sandwiching (MLA)a. Integrating a single sourceb. Integrating more than one source (synthesizing)13. Revising paragraphs and essays a. Tips for revising globallyb. Tips for revising sentences
Part 3: Practicing reading, writing, and research skills14. Reading exercisesExercise 14-a Using titles as on-ramps for readingExercise 14-b Using patterns of organization as on-ramps for readingExercise 14-c Using vocabulary as an on-ramp for readingExercise 14-d Examining a writer’s annotationsExercise 14-e Using on-ramps to annotate and understand a readingExercise 14-f Talking back to a reading15. Thesis statement exercisesExercise 15-a Choosing effective thesis statementsExercise 15-b Writing a thesis statement for an argument essayExercise 15-c Building strong thesis statements16. Topic sentence exercisesExercise 16-a Choosing suitable topic sentencesExercise 16-b Writing topic sentencesExercise 16-c Writing unified paragraphs17. MLA research exercises Exercise 17-a Avoiding plagiarism in MLA papers 1Exercise 17-b Avoiding plagiarism in MLA papers 2Exercise 17-c Recognizing common knowledge in MLA papersExercise 17-d Integrating sources in MLA papers 1Exercise 17-e Integrating sources in MLA papers 2Exercise 17-f MLA documentation: In-text citations 1Exercise 17-g MLA documentation: In-text citation 2Exercise 17-h MLA documentation18. Plagiarism exercisesExercise 18-a Is this plagiarism?Exercise 18-b Developing responsibility19. Paraphrase and summary exercisesExercise 19-a Building understanding (writing a summary)Exercise 19-b Using your own words and structure (writing a paraphrase)Exercise 19-c Writing paraphrases and summaries
Part 4: Practicing sentence-level skills20. Active verbsExercise 20-a Active verbs 1Exercise 20-b Active verbs 221. ParallelismExercise 21-a Parallelism 1Exercise 21-b Parallelism 222. Misplaced and dangling modifiersExercise 22-a Misplaced and dangling modifiers 1Exercise 22-b Misplaced and dangling modifiers 223. Sentence varietyExercise 23-a Sentence variety 1Exercise 23-b Sentence variety 224. Sentence fragmentsExercise 24-a Sentence fragments 1Exercise 24-b Sentence fragments 225. Run-on sentencesExercise 25-a Run-on sentences 1Exercise 25-b Run-on sentences 226. Subject-verb agreementExercise 26-a Subject-verb agreement 1Exercise 26-b Subject-verb agreement27. Pronoun referenceExercise 27-a Pronoun reference 1Exercise 27-b Pronoun reference 228. Pronoun and noun caseExercise 28-a Pronoun and noun case 1Exercise 28-b Pronoun and noun case 229. VerbsExercise 29-a Verbs 1Exercise 29-b Verbs 2Exercise 29-c Verbs 330. ArticlesExercise 30-a Articles 1Exercise 30-b Articles 231. Commas and unnecessary commasExercise 31-a Commas and unnecessary commas 1Exercise 31-b Commas and unnecessary commas 2Exercise 31-c Commas and unnecessary commas 332. ApostrophesExercise 32-a Apostrophes 1Exercise 32-b Apostrophes 233. Quotation marksExercise 33-a Quotation marks 1Exercise 33-b Quotation marks 2
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