ENG 101 - College Writing

G & S resources

Why Grammar Rules Aren’t Always Exact. by Adam Conover, truTV, 2017. www.youtube.com, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu5XDrdD7KM.

Just like language, grammar rules can change and morph over time.

Conover, Adam. Anne Curzan Talks Grammar and the Flexibility of Language. 33 (2017), https://maximumfun.org/episodes/adam-ruins-everything/adam-ruins-everything-episode-33-anne-curzan-talks-grammar-and-flexibility-lan/. Accessed 14 Sept. 2022.

Professor Anne Curzan, who is this week’s podcast guest, says it’s normal to notice dialectical differences between different communities but we shouldn’t shame people for talking as they do.

Fogarty, Mignon. Grammar Girl. https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl/. Accessed 14 Sept. 2022.

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network and creator of Grammar Girl, which has been named one of Writer's Digest's 101 best websites for writers multiple times. She is also an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame.

“Improving Your Writing Style.” UW-Madison Writer’s Handbook, Writing Center - University of Wisconsin-Madison, https://writing.wisc.edu/handbook/style/. Accessed 14 Sept. 2022.

In this section, you will find many instructional materials we’ve developed for our Writing Center teaching. However, there are limitations to these materials. Assignments vary, and different instructors want different things from student writers. Therefore, the advice here may or may not apply to your writing situation. Finally, handouts can give only a fraction of the customized guidance that an individual conference with a Writing Center instructor can provide. If you have questions about the information in our handouts, please make an appointment to see a Writing Center instructor.

Long, Liza, et al. “Grammar, Rhetoric, and Style.” Write What Matters, 2020. idaho.pressbooks.pub, https://idaho.pressbooks.pub/write/chapter/grammar-rhetoric-and-style/.

This chapter focuses on grammar, specifically on understanding that grammar is much more than just the rules that we have been taught. Rather, grammar can be used rhetorically—with an understanding of the writing situation and making appropriate choices regarding the structure of the sentences, the use of punctuation, using active or passive voice, etc. In other words, this chapter focuses on using grammar to influence a piece of writing’s style, rather than focusing on the correctness of the grammar. Readers are encouraged to look at the writing that they see in their casual or research reading and evaluate the grammar of those pieces to gain a better understanding of how they can control their own use of grammar.

Write What Matters by Amy Minervini; Liza Long; and Joel Gladd is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

“Rhetorical Styles.” Excelsior University OWL, Excelsior University, https://owl.excelsior.edu/rhetorical-styles/. Accessed 14 Sept. 2022. (tutorial/handbook)

In the Rhetorical Styles area of the Excelsior OWL, you’ll learn about different rhetorical styles or, essentially, different strategies for developing your essays and other writing assignments. These basic strategies are not all encompassing but will provide you with a foundation and a flexibility to help you as you engage in writing assignments in your introductory writing classes and beyond.

2022. Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL). This site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-4.0 International License.

“WCS5: Writing in Active Voice and Uses of Passive Voice.” Grammar and Sentence Construction Handbook, Central New Mexico Community College, https://mytext.cnm.edu/lesson/wcs5-writing-in-active-voice-and-uses-of-passive-voice/. Accessed 14 Sept. 2022.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Differentiate between active and passive voice.
Write in active voice.
Know when and how to use passive voice.

This Open Educational Resource is a derivative text, adapted using the following open resources: The Writer’s Handbook, v. 1; Excelsior Online Writing Lab, Rhetoric and Composition, and Boundless.

Much of the open educational texts, otherwise noted, are licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 and CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Google Developers. “Active Voice vs. Passive Voice.” Technical Writing One, Google, 2021, https://developers.google.com/tech-writing/one/active-voice. (interactive handout/lesson)

The vast majority of sentences in technical writing should be in active voice. This unit teaches you how to do the following:

  • Distinguish passive voice from active voice.
  • Convert passive voice to active voice because active voice is usually clearer.

Except as otherwise noted, the content of this page is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License, and code samples are licensed under the Apache 2.0 License. For details, see the Google Developers Site Policies. Java is a registered trademark of Oracle and/or its affiliates.

Google Developers. “Clear Sentences.” Technical Writing One, Google, 2021, https://developers.google.com/tech-writing/one/clear-sentences. (interactive handout/lesson)

Comedy writers seek the funniest results, horror writers strive for the scariest, and technical writers aim for the clearest. In technical writing, clarity takes precedence over all other rules. This unit suggests a few ways to make your sentences beautifully clear.

Except as otherwise noted, the content of this page is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License, and code samples are licensed under the Apache 2.0 License. For details, see the Google Developers Site Policies. Java is a registered trademark of Oracle and/or its affiliates.

Google Developers. “Paragraphs.” Technical Writing One, Google, 2021, https://developers.google.com/tech-writing/one/paragraphs. (interactive handout/lesson)

This unit provides some guidelines on building cohesive paragraphs. But first, here is an inspirational message:
The work of writing is simply this: untangling the dependencies among the parts of a topic, and presenting those parts in a logical stream that enables the reader to understand you.

Except as otherwise noted, the content of this page is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License, and code samples are licensed under the Apache 2.0 License. For details, see the Google Developers Site Policies. Java is a registered trademark of Oracle and/or its affiliates.

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