Ethos, Pathos, & Logos – Persuasion

As my students work on developing their writing skills, one important concept that we get into is rhetoric and rhetorical argument devices. When we are exposed to argument in some form or other, there are three key parts to the argument that are used to try to persuade us. These are ethos, ...

Weird Al Yankovic’s “Word Crimes”

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As a professor of college students, I see many students who struggle with grammar, punctuation, spelling, and other issues related to essential writing skills. Often, these issues come from common misunderstandings of language that we see in the media and in informal writing that is all around ...

Inspirational Quotes and Images

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As a professor, I’m always trying to find good inspirational or motivational quotes and images for my students.¬† I know how important inspirational messages can be for my students. Students often tell me how important these images, videos, and other materials are to them. Most students ...

Guide to Writing Conclusions

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A good conclusion is going to bring your overall work to its final stage. It is what will be most memorable about your document because it is the last thing your reader will have seen. Like your introduction, it is vital that you are considerate of your reader in your conclusion and that you ...

Paragraph Development and Organization

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Many people struggle with writing a complete, unified, and coherent paragraph, no matter what purpose that paragraph serves. In order to be complete, a paragraph has three necessary parts: the topic sentence, the body, and the concluding sentence. These parts are vital because they help the ...

A Guide to Writing Introductions

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Writing an introduction is a vital and essential part of any paper. It is the first thing your reader is going to see. It is the first contact with your reader. It sets the tone and the style of what the reader will be reading. You want to make sure it is conveying the right message, and is ...

Sentence Fragments

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As an instructor for introductory English courses at a variety of colleges, I have seen many students use incomplete sentences, otherwise known as sentence fragments. These are very common, but can be easily fixed. Unfortunately, many students struggle with this issue. A sentence fragment ...

The Basics of MLA Formatting

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MLA formatting is commonly used in Humanities classes and is a very common method of formatting. While it does change periodically from edition to edition, most changes are minor and have little direct effect for most people. In MLA formatting, there are several key formatting issues to be ...

Summary vs Paraphrase vs Quote

The Differences between Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing Research plays a huge part in any writing project because this is how you can present information and strengthen your own arguments. As you complete research, you will want to keep track of any sources you examine and be sure to ...

Block Quote for Long Quotations in APA formatting

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While some students prefer to summarize or paraphrase source materials in their writing, a lot of students will use quotes to help make their points or to support their arguments. However, many students will then use quotes that are too long, and then don’t know how to properly format ...