The Writing Center
Instructional Resources Overview
Elementary students (grades K-5) study writing and grammar using the Write Source textbook series. Visit The Write Source Website. Additionally, elementary teachers are encouraged to use Don Killgallon's Sentence Composing for Elementary School as a supplemental resource. Visit Don and Jenny Killgallon's Sentence Composing Website. Also, Four Square Writing Method by Judith S. and Evan Jay Gould is a recommended supplementary writing resource. Four Square books are published by Teaching & Learning Company, Carthage, IL.
Middle school students (grades 6-8) also use the Write Source series for a writing and grammar textbook. Visit The Write Source Website. Sentence Composing for Middle School by Don Killgallon is a supplementary text for teachers. Visit Don and Jenny Killgallon's Sentence Composing Website. Daily Sentence Composing is another supplementary resource for teachers supplied by Great Source Group. Middle school teachers are also encouraged to incorporate organizational tools such as Four Square Writing Method into the students' study of writing.
The middle school literature series is McDougal-Littell Literature. To access the online book and to access other resources, go to McDougal-Littell Literature Middle School Books.
High school students' grammar handbook is the Holt Handbook go.hrw.com. Teachers of grades 9-12 also use Don Killgallon's Sentence Composing for High School. Visit Don and Jenny Killgallon's Sentence Composing Website.
The high school literature series is McDougal-Littell Literature. To access the online book and to access other resources, go to McDougal-Littell Literature High School Books.
Modern English Grammar
http://papyr.com/hypertextbooks/grammar Easy-to-use grammar resourse for teachers, students, parents - Virtual textbook by Daniel Kies, Department of English, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Grammar, Capitalization, and Punctuation: A Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors http://www.sti.nasa.gov/publish/sp7084.pdf - Excellent handbook by Mary K. McCaskill, Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia - Produced by NASA
Guide to Grammar and Style http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/
(Rec. by College Board)- Jack Lynch's Style Guide offers writing suggestions with the bonus "Getting an A on an English Paper."
Guide to Grammar and Writing
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/ Teaching and learning grammar and writing... Capital Community College Foundation's guide offers good advice and information about grammar and writing.
http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/ Need to teach grammar? Need to learn grammar? University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Includes "Grammar Handbook," "Citation Styles," "ESL Resources," and "Writing Tips."
Teaching That Makes Sense
www.ttms.org - This website is a rich resource for reading, writing, and content area activities.
The Writing Teacher's Strategy Guide
Chocked full of strategies for teaching writing!
The Basic Elements of English
(Recommended by College Board)- The University of Calvary's grammar tutorial and MLA documentation guide
KCI Reader-Based Writing Style Guide
Designed to help you bullet-proof your writing - especially business/technical/nonfiction skills such as writing letters, eliminating wordiness, using capitalization and punctuation rules correctly. Click on the "Main" box on the menu at the bottom. Then use the Main Index at the left to locate what you need.
Critically Analyzing Information Sources http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill26.htm
Is the Internet source reliable? This link provided with permission from the Reference Department; Instruction, Research, and Information Services (IRIS); Cornell University Library; Ithaca, NY.
Rhetorical and Literary Terms
University of Calvary - From allegory to malapropism to zeugma - a comprehensive collection of terms (Rec. by College Board)
Logic and Argument
University of Calvary - Because the argument of an essay depends upon logic, you must be wary of logical fallacies. Especially when you feel strongly about something, it is all too easy to seize an argument that merely sounds convincing, without looking at it carefully. (Rec. by College Board)
Gender-fair Writing http://www.rensselaer.edu/dept/llc/writecenter/web/genderfair.html
Should you write "she/he" or "s/he"? What is awkward and what is correct? Don't say, "I'll just ask the English Department Chairman!"
Dictionaries and Thesauruses
American Heritage Dictionary
90,000 word entries with word roots
Roget’s International Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases http://www.bartleby.com/110/
Word Choice is simple if you have some new words to choose!
Common Errors in English
Paul Brians' page of common errors in standard English - includes non-errors (those usages people keep telling you are wrong but which are actually standard in English)
The Writer's Guide http://web.uvic.ca/wguide/Pages/StartHere.html University of Victoria - Recommended by College Board
MLA Documentation Guides
A Guide for Writing Research Papers Based on Modern Language Association (MLA) http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/mla/index.shtml
(Recommended by College Board)- CCC Foundation's detailed research guide for MLA documentation.
Using MLA Format
Purdue Online Writing Lab
MLA Citation Style Handbook
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Writer's Workshop (Recommended by College Board)
ELL (English Language Learners Links)
ELL Writing Site Links
TESL Journal's links
ELL Grammar Site Links
TESL Journal's links
Phrasal Verbs for ELL Students
When you "call on" ELL students, it "brings up" the problem of phrasal verbs; you can't "count on" their having learned phrasal verbs before they're in your class. (Phrasal verbs: put up, count on, find out, set down, etc.)
Language Arts Curriculum Content Specialist
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