Coherence To help aid coherence,* organize most of your sentences as First, look back : <–<–<–<–< At the BEGINNING of a sentence, place older, less important, less difficult information. Last, look ahead: Place newer, more important, more difficult information at the END of the sentence. –>–>–>–> Example: <–<–<–<–<–<–<–<–<–<–<–<–<–<–<–<–<–<-<–<–<–<–<–<– Sherman has imitated his father’s behaviors throughout […]

Run-ons, Comma Splices, and Fused Sentences are some of the most common grammatical errors that students make in their papers. Purdue’s OWL site gives a great explanation of these errors. Join sentences (independent clauses) with a semicolon (;) or with a coordinating conjunction AND a comma. If you leave out the coordinating conjunction, you have […]

Paragraph Formation

September 8, 2008 | 2 Comments

Point/evidence/analysis Each body paragraph should make a point (preferably in its topic sentence). That point should be followed by specific evidence that proves it and by analysis that augments the point and its evidence. (POINT/Topic Sentence) A third characteristic of the bond between Jane and Elizabeth that has implications for their relationships with their future […]

Structure of an Essay

January 14, 2008 | 2 Comments

One of the first things new college students need to learn is how to structure an analytical essay. Here is a worksheet that I use in my first writing workshop in first-year courses. The purpose of the worksheet is to show the connection between thesis statement and topic sentences and to demonstrate the three elements […]

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