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English Skills: Lesson 7, Apostrophes: Handouts

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Methodist University                                                                                                          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

 OxfordThe 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

Apostrophe Protection 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

 momcommAlthough 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/

English Skills: Lesson 7, Apostrophes: Video

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

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

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

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

English Skills: Lesson 6, Comma Use: Lesson Resources

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Image OWL ExercisesThe Online Writing Lab, hosted by The Learning Center at D’Youville College, has a series of exercises that cover what they refer to as the Six Most Commonly Misunderstood Comma Rules:  http://depts.dyc.edu/learningcenter/owl/comma_placement.htm

 

capital_cc_logo2Capital Community College’s site provides a paragraph assignment that tests a writer’s knowledge of where to place commas:

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

CybertextFinally, this humorous list of comma errors from Rhonda Bracey, at CyberText Consulting Pty Ltd. demonstrates that comma placement is important:

http://cybertext.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/a-light-hearted-look-at-how-punctuation-can-change-meaning/

English Skills: Lesson 6, Comma Use: Activities

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Activity I: Small Group or Individual Assignment

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

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Activity II: Proofreading Assignment

Title Commas Click here to download or view Activity II: Proofreading Exercise Commas (PDF File)

 

Activity II: Proofreading Assignment: Answer Key

Answer Key English Skills Activity 2 Commas

English Skills: Lesson 5, Misplaced Modifiers: Lesson Resources

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All of the links below also appear under the Handouts and Activities links.

The Writing Center at Methodist University has created a handout about misplaced modifiers from a PowerPoint slide show. These slides may be viewed online or projected as well as printed out.

http://www.methodist.edu/writingcenter/handouts/DD%20Workshop%2004%20Dangling%20and%20Misplaced%20Modifiers.pdf

 The concept of misplaced modifiers is often difficult to explain. Richard Nordquist at About.Com has collection of wonderful examples from professional writers that are both entertaining and instructive. They would make a good starting point for discussion of the topic.

http://grammar.about.com/od/mo/g/mismodterm.htm

The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin has provided a list of what they refer to as: “The best misplaced and dangling modifiers of all time”: http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/CommonErrors_BestMod.html

 Towson University’s Online Writing Support site explains some of the most common errors in terms of misplaced and dangling modifiers. After each section, there is a link to a quiz.

http://www.towson.edu/ows/moduledangling.htm

 This online exercise from the publisher Pearson/Longman asks students to select which sentence in a set of three is correct: http://wps.ablongman.com/long_mcwhorter_pws_1/46/11927/3053445.cw/content/index.html

 And here is a full list of online and print exercises from the Pearson/Longman site:

http://wps.ablongman.com/long_fowler_lbh_10/45/11769/3012964.cw/-/3034352/index.html

 This interactive quiz from  Grammar Bytes provides students with three sample sentences and asks them to choose the one without the error:

 http://www.chompchomp.com/modifiers03/modifiers03.htm

 Richard Nordquist at About.Com  has posted 10 sentences that need to be rewritten. He also provides an answer key. Tip: Print out the exercise and distribute to students and then review Nordquist’s answers in class.

http://grammar.about.com/od/grammarexercises/a/Practice-In-Placing-Modifiers-Where-They-Belong.htm

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Image PearsonThis online exercise from the publisher Pearson/Longman asks students to select which sentence in a set of three is correct:

http://wps.ablongman.com/long_mcwhorter_pws_1/46/11927/3053445.cw/content/index.html

And here is a full list of online and print exercises from the Pearson/Longman site:

http://wps.ablongman.com/long_fowler_lbh_10/45/11769/3012964.cw/-/3034352/index.html

Grammar Bytes Exercises (2)This interactive quiz from  Grammar Bytes provides students with three sample sentences and asks them to choose the one without the error:

 http://www.chompchomp.com/modifiers03/modifiers03.htm

AboutRichard Nordquist at About.Com  has posted 10 sentences that need to be rewritten. He also provides an answer key. Tip: Print out the exercise and distribute to students and then review Nordquist’s answers in class.

http://grammar.about.com/od/grammarexercises/a/Practice-In-Placing-Modifiers-Where-They-Belong.htm

English Skills: Lesson 5, Misplaced Modifiers: Handouts

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Methodist UniversityThe Writing Center at Methodist University has created a handout about misplaced modifiers from a PowerPoint slide show. These slides may be viewed online or projected as well as printed out.

 http://www.methodist.edu/writingcenter/handouts/DD%20Workshop%2004%20Dangling%20and%20Misplaced%20Modifiers.pdf

TowsonTowson University’s Online Writing Support site explains some of the most common errors in terms of misplaced and dangling modifiers. After each section, there is a link to a quiz.

http://www.towson.edu/ows/moduledangling.htm

AboutThe concept of misplaced modifiers is often difficult to explain. Richard Nordquist at About.Com has collection of wonderful examples from professional writers that are both entertaining and instructive. They would make a good starting point for discussion of the topic.

http://grammar.about.com/od/mo/g/mismodterm.htm

Image WISCThe Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin has provided a list of what they refer to as: “The best misplaced and dangling modifiers of all time.”

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

English Skills: Lesson 5, Misplaced Modifiers: Video

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Grammar Bytes Video                                                                                                                                                                                This Grammar Bytes video about Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers can be found via YouTube.

Follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txK_5awcCnE