APA DOCUMENTATION

Students will learn the basics of APA style, including form and formatting, use of signal phrases and quotations, and proper form for both in-text and works cited entries.

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AVOIDING VAGUE LANGUAGE

Learn how to write concisely, using details and noting specifics instead of reverting to vague or unclear language.

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COMMAS, COLONS, AND SEMICOLONS

Learn the difference between commas, colons, and semicolons and learn how to use them appropriately.

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CRITICAL READING

Learn how to read a complex essay using close reading strategies (such as highlighting and annotation) to increase comprehension and appreciation of ideas. 

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FRAGMENTS

Learn how to identify and correct sentence fragments.

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INFERENCE

Learn to identify the use of inference in both reading and writing. Learn how to draw sound conclusions (i.e. “read between the lines”) and clearly connect ideas.

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INTRODUCTIONS AND CONCLUSIONS

Learn concrete techniques for crafting innovative introductory paragraphs, which include creative lures and clear thesis sentences, and compelling concluding paragraphs, which do not simply repeat information found in the essay.

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LOGICAL FALLACIES

Learn to identify nine of the most common logical fallacies: hasty generalization, post hoc ergo propter hoc, ad hominem, straw person, appeal to tradition, appeal to popularity, two wrongs make a right, false dilemma, and slippery slope.

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MLA DOCUMENTATION

Learn the basics of MLA style, including form and formatting, use of signal phrases and quotations, and proper form for both in-text and works cited entries.

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OUTLINING AND ESSAY STRUCTURE

Learn how to brainstorm and outline a basic essay in accordance with standard conventions of style, structure, and format.

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PARAGRAPH DEVELOPMENT

Learn concrete techniques for developing quotation analysis in ways that support a strong argument rather than make irrelevant assertions or summaries.

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PARTS OF SPEECH

Learn to identify the relationship of parts of speech using the sentence diagram method.

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PROOFREADING

Learn the difference between editing and proofreading. Learn multiple strategies for finding and correcting errors in your writing.

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QUOTATION INTEGRATION

Learn how to integrate quotations into your writing in accordance with MLA guidelines and good practice.

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RUN-ON SENTENCES

Learn to identify and correct run-on sentences.

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SUMMARY VS. ANALYSIS

Learn to differentiate clearly between summary and analysis.

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THESIS SENTENCES

Learn how to craft a clear thesis that states your opinion on a debatable topic. 

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TIMED WRITING ASSIGNMENTS

Learn strategies for improving your performance on in-class written examinations.

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WRITING SUMMARIES

Students will learn to important skills related to summary and paraphrasing. Specifically, they will be exposed to concept of contextualized summary, an important skill for working with material science discourses.  

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