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Conventions- Grammar, Spelling & More


Click here to see detailed information for every writing trait from the Northwest Regional Education Laboratory.

Once you have attended to all of the other traits, you are ready to edit for conventions. Use the resources below to review the rules and practice your editing skills.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you know you have an error in conventions but you can't figure out how to fix it, see me for a writer's conference.

 

Grammar can be fun! Check out this cool video from John Green's show "Mental Floss"...

 

 

 

Do your sentences run on and on and on, as though they’ll never stop and never finish the thought or repeat the same idea, endlessly leading on and on and on?  Are they awkward or confusing?

 

Check out these links from  the Capital Community College “Guide to Grammar and Writing”:

 

Check out this link from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab :  

Practice your skills with these quizzes from  the Capital Community College “Guide to Grammar and Writing”:

 

 

 

Which sentence has the correct verb tense?

  •  Captain Ahab, a central figure in the novel Moby Dick, is obsessed with the great white whale.
  • Captain Ahab, a central figure in the novel Moby Dick, was obsessed with the great white whale. 

 

 

Follow this link to The Literary Present , a great resource from Revelle College. This will help you figure out when to use the past tense and when to use the present.     

 

 

 

 

Everyone chosen to participate in the relay races (have/has) to be ready in ten minutes.

If the answer to the problem above is not clear, perhaps you need to review some of the basics.

Check out these links from  the Capital Community College “Guide to Grammar and Writing”:

 

Check out these links from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab:  

 

Check out this link from the University of North Carolina Writing Center :

 

 

Practice your skills with these quizzes from  the Capital Community College “Guide to Grammar and Writing”:

 

 

Can’t remember when to use a comma and when to use a semi-colon? Not sure if that “S” needs and apostrophe before or after? Having trouble with all sorts of punctuation? 

 

Check out these links from  the Capital Community College “Guide to Grammar and Writing”:

 

Check out these links from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab :  

 

Check out this link from the University of North Carolina Writing Center :

 

Practice your skills with these quizzes from  the Capital Community College “Guide to Grammar and Writing”:

 

 

 

 

Not sure how to format and/or punctuate passages or ideas from outside sources?

 

Check out the rules for:

Parenthetical Citations- Easy-Bib: MLA Style

Parenthetical Citations – Columbia College of Missouri: MLA Style

Citing poetry and lyrics- Pellissippi State Community College: Citing Poetry in the Text of Your Paper

Citing passages from an e-book  - MLA.org

Quotation Marks - the Capital Community College “Guide to Grammar and Writing”

 

For more details and formatting rules, check out these resources posted on our class website.

Practice your skills with this quiz from  the Capital Community College “Guide to Grammar and Writing”:

 

 

 

 

Need to brush up on your editing skills? Check out No Red Ink 

The online resource www.noredink.com offers you the opportunity to review grammar and formatting rules. This tool is interactive and personalized. This gives you the opportunity to decide which aspects of grammar you want to review and focus on. 

See Mrs. Juster for the class code.