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English Skills: Lesson 9, Wordiness: Lesson Resources

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Composition and Creative Writing instructor Vincent Crampton has created a Zombie-themed video overview of how to be a more concise writer. This is well-produced and entertaining:

http://vimeo.com/65570732

Capital Community College’s website features a comprehensive overview of concise writing and provides tips on how to avoid wordy sentence constructions. Quizzes can be found at the bottom of the page:

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/concise.htm

Idaho State University has developed a 2-page handout about avoiding wordy sentence constructions:

http://www.isu.edu/success/writing/handouts/wordiness.pdf

The Writing Center at Wisconsin University compiled a list of one-word replacements for commonly-used wordy phrases:

http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/CCS_wordyphrases.html

Purdue’s OWL site has three separate exercises that can be printed out. Exercises 1 and 2 contain wordy sentences while Exercise 3 is an extended passage that requires revision. Answers are also provided. Tip: Print and distribute the handout first and then review the answers online.

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/6/9

Capital Community College has an online exercise that asks students to re-write sentences and compare them against the website’s revisions:

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/wordy_quiz.htm

The Australian site, 4 Syllabus, has a nice set of short exercises that can be easily cut-and-pasted into a printable handout. Student revisions can later be compared with the website’s versions:

http://www.4syllables.com.au/resources/web-writing-exercises/cut-unnecessary-words/

English Skills: Lesson 9, Wordiness: Activities

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owl_logoPurdue’s OWL site has three separate exercises that can be printed out. Exercises 1 and 2 contain wordy sentences while Exercise 3 is an extended passage that requires revision. Answers are also provided. Tip: Print and distribute the handout first and then review the answers online.

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/6/9

capital_cc_logo_sized                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Capital Community College has an online exercise that asks students to re-write sentences and compare them against the website’s revisions:

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/wordy_quiz.htm

4 SyllabusThe Australian site, 4 Syllabus, has a nice set of short exercises that can be easily cut-and-pasted into a printable handout. Student revisions can later be compared with the website’s versions:

http://www.4syllables.com.au/resources/web-writing-exercises/cut-unnecessary-words/

English Skills: Lesson 9, Wordiness: Handouts

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 capital_cc_logo_sized                                                                                                                         Capital Community College’s website features a comprehensive overview of concise writing and provides tips on how to avoid wordy sentence constructions. Quizzes can be found at the bottom of the page:

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/concise.htm

Idaho StateIdaho State University has developed a 2-page handout about avoiding wordy sentence constructions:

http://www.isu.edu/success/writing/handouts/wordiness.pdf

Image WISCThe Writing Center at Wisconsin University compiled a list of one-word replacements for commonly-used wordy phrases:

http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/CCS_wordyphrases.html

English Skills: Lesson 9, Wordiness: Video

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Concise Writing Video                                                                                                                                         Composition and Creative Writing instructor Vincent Crampton has created a Zombie-themed video overview of how to be a more concise writer. This is well-produced and entertaining:

                                                                                http://vimeo.com/65570732

English Skills: Lesson 8, Commonly Confused Words: Lesson Resources

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University of RichmondThe Writing Center at the University of Richmond has an extensive list of commonly confused words that includes a definition and a sample sentence for each word:

http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb/conford.html

AboutRichard Nordquist at About.com has a printable quiz (with an answer key) that covers the most confused word pairs:

http://grammar.about.com/od/choosingthecorrectword/a/RQcomconfusions.htm

capital_cc_logo_sizedCapital Community College’s site has an extensive section on commonly confused words, including several online quizzes:

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/notorious2.htm#quizzes

English Skills: Lesson 8, Commonly Confused Words: Activities

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Activity I: Small Group or Individual Assignment

Activity Confused Photo

 Click to download or view the Activity I worksheet as a PDF

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Activity II: Proofreading Assignment

Click here to download or view Activity II: Proofreading Exercise Commonly Confused Words (PDF File)

Title Commonly Confused Words

 

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Activity II: Proofreading Assignment: Answer Key

Answer Key English Skills Activity 2 Commonly Confused

English Skills: Lesson 7, Apostrophes: Lesson Resources

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This entertaining video from Grammar Bytes about apostrophe use can be found at YouTube. Follow this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE0IBPtbY2o

Another entertaining video—actually an animated short—created by Jay Stewart is also found on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOtMa2JyfXk

 A good overview of 12 apostrophe rules can be found at Jane Straus’s site for her book, The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation:

http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/apostro.asp

 The Methodist University’s Writing Center has created a two-page handout that covers basic apostrophe rules:

http://www.methodist.edu/writingcenter/handouts/About%20Apostrophes.pdf

 The University  of Oxford’s Learning Institute can created a two-page handout about apostrophes:

http://www.learning.ox.ac.uk/media/global/wwwadminoxacuk/localsites/oxfordlearninginstitute/documents/pdg/managingyourself/6_grammar_-_apostrophe.pdf

 The Apostrophe Protection Society is a UK group that posts photographs of apostrophe misuse taken by their members and visitors to their site. Very entertaining:

http://www.apostrophe.org.uk/page9.html

 Although this is not an academic site, momcomm provides a colorful overview of the most common apostrophe errors:

http://www.momcomm.com/2012/08/5-apostrophe-mistakes-that-drive-your-readers-batty/

The Writing Kit has posted an interactive slide show that they call a tutorial. It both explains apostrophe use/misuse and also tests viewers on what they have learned:

http://www.writing-kit.com/apostrophes/

 The Learning Center at D’Youville College has created four online exercises (with answers) that ask students to determine which sentence, in a pair of sentences, is punctuated correctly:

http://depts.dyc.edu/learningcenter/owl/exercises/apostrophes_ex1.htm

English Skills: Lesson 7, Apostrophes: Activities

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The Writing Kit                                                                                                   The Writing Kit has posted an interactive slide show that they call a tutorial. It both explains apostrophe use/misuse and also tests viewers on what they have learned:

http://www.writing-kit.com/apostrophes/

 Image OWL ExercisesThe Learning Center at D’Youville College has created four online exercises (with answers) that ask students to determine which sentence, in a pair of sentences, is punctuated correctly:

http://depts.dyc.edu/learningcenter/owl/exercises/apostrophes_ex1.htm