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Planning & Conceptual Issues Organization & Argument Grammar & Mechanics

Annotating readings


Building knowledge of conventional essay parts and components (Introductions, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusions)


Sentence structure forms and boundaries


Understanding assignments and their parameters


Recognizing useful thesis statements and their relationship to supporting main ideas


Sentence clarity


Brainstorming and idea generation



Understanding paragraphing conventions (Unity, focus, coherence)


Subject/Verb agreement errors


Argumentation and critical thinking


Fostering knowledge of transitions and other connective devices (within and across paragraphs)


Pronoun referent errors



Outlining, mapping and charting responses to assignments Developing effective introductions and conclusions Functions and uses of punctuation
Understanding and selecting appropriate explanatory and evidentiary support   Idiomatic uses of articles (a, an, the), prepositions, verbs, and other expressions


Quoting, paraphrasing, and describing personal experience


  MLA or APA citation styles and formats


Moving from a plan to a draft of an assignment


  Proofreading based on past patterns of sentence-level error


Becoming aware of audience within an essay and/or texts    

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