Category Archives: Writing Help

Strong Subjects, Robust Verbs

Here is an opening paragraph that displays some common early draft traits that a good revision will eliminate. Too many sentences begin with, or contain “There is” or “there are” or “it is” components. Those phrases almost always result in … Continue reading

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Absolutely Essential Grammar

We probably shouldn’t have to study grammar in College Composition II, but the fact is not everybody who gets this far into college is comfortable with grammar basics. We’ll review grammar basics in class only if necessary, but I will … Continue reading

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How to Open

Choose the Only Good Opening Sentence: An argument cannot be won in the first sentence, but it can be lost. First sentences are very important. Most authors of articles of all kinds have trouble writing first sentences. There are several … Continue reading

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Card Puzzle

FACT: Each card has a number on one side and a letter on the other. THESIS: Every card that has a vowel on one side has an even number on its opposite side. REBUTTAL: Which card or cards must you … Continue reading

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How to Start

Lecture Text Readers can bail on us after any word: this one, or the next. Their time is precious; the world is lively with distractions, and increasingly the page where we meet them is studded with seductive links. Re-read the … Continue reading

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Causal Argument Advice FA15

McDonald’s is Exporting Diabetes bigfoot9 Bigfoot9’s claim is that, by opening restaurants around the world, McDonald’s is ruining local culture and creating obesity and diabetes in countries where both were rare before the restaurants arrived. It’s an intriguing claim but … Continue reading

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Research Tips

Why this is important I found Username a source using Google Scholar and the Rowan library. “I can’t find any sources!” Username and I were talking yesterday about his topic, the hateful anti-gay rhetoric spewed by the Westboro Baptist Church, … Continue reading

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