e-Learning Syllabus (Optional)

The syllabus below represents an alternative to other tabs under “Guide.”

The structure below mimics the categories of a standard writing textbook.

Part One: Considering the Reader

 1.  Understanding Audience

Ambiguous (Thesis and Author’s Ideas)

Ambiguous (Revision Plan)

Ambitious

Audience

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2.  Identifying Your Purpose

An interesting idea, but it doesn’t work in every example.

Cliché

Contradiction

Contradictory

Distracting

Doesn’t Respond to Question

Focus on a Topic

Focus on the Question

Hard to Follow

Hard to Understand

How Does This Support

I Don’t Understand What You Are Trying to Say Here

Lacks a Clear Argument

Need a Clearer Thesis

Needs Clarification

Not Clear

Not Persuasive

Not a Clear Distinction

Plot Summary

Relevance

Sentenced Unfocused

Stick With The Topic

Strong Introduction

Theme?

Thesis Unclear/Need a Clearer Thesis Sentence

Title?

Too Broad

Too General to be Meaningful

Transitions

Unclear

Unclear (Not Clear)

Unclear What You Mean By

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You Don’t Bring in Specifics

Your Ideas Are Too General

Part Two: The Topic

3.  Developing the Topic

Ambiguous (Thesis and Author’s Ideas)

Ambiguous (Revision Plan)

Good Example(s)

Good Material

Good Opening

Inaccurate

Lacks Chronology

Lacks Clarity

Lacks Clear Continuity/Lacks Coherence

Lacks Coherence

Lacks Organization

Lacks Unity

Off the Subject

On the Right Path

Relevance

Right

Right/On the Right Path

Sentence Unfocused

Sequence

Stick With the Topic

Solid Effort

Strong Introduction

Theme?

Too Broad

Too General to be Meaningful

True

Very Nicely Done

Very Strong First Effort

Vague

Vague Generality

What’s the Connection?

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Yes/Ah, Yes; Right; Exactly; True; Checkmark

Part Three: Examining the Text

4.  Writing from the Immediate Text

Examine Evidence from the Text

Lacks Supporting Evidence

Lacks Integration of Readings; Lacks Unity

Misquoting the Evidence

Not a Theme In

Not Entirely

No/No, Not exactly/Maybe/Perhaps/Possibly/Negative sign ( – )

On the Right Path

Plagiarism

Proof?

Prove It!

Right

Right/On the Right Path

Solid

There is No Indication of This

This Doesn’t Occur

This Doesn’t Occur/Contradiction

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You Misquote the Evidence

5.  Quoting With Purpose

Cite a Source/Plagiarism

Don’t Quote Without Context

Explicate the Quote

Good Use of Quote

Introduce the Quote

Overdependence on Quotes

Plagiarism

Single-Space Long Quote

This Quote is out of Context

Too Close to the Original

Use MLA Form

What Author/What Authors

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You Are in Danger of Plagiarism

Part Four: The Art of Analysis

6.  Analyzing Analysis

Analyze This

Avoid Plot Summary

Be Specific

Better/Much Better

Can You Elaborate More on That

Choppy

Elaborate

Explain/Explain This

Explain Exactly What You Mean Here

Explain the Parallel Here

Explain Why This is Significant

Fluid

Good Point

Good Timing

Move Beyond Summary of Author’s Ideas (Analyze vs. Summarize)

Plot Summary

Solid Effort

Specify (Be Specific)

Transitions

Trust Your Voice

What’s the Connection?

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Part Five: Self-Evaluation and Revising the Sentence

7.  Making Sentences Function Properly

Active Voice/Passive Voice

Ambiguous (Thesis and Author’s Ideas)

Awkward

Clear Statement

Confusing, Confusing/Tangled Phraseology

Convoluted Sense

Could Be Better Worded

Don’t Write the Same Way You Talk (Avoid Slang and Informal Language)

Grammar

Idiom/Idiom?

Incomplete

Logic & Articulation

Makes No Sense

Must Be a Sentence

No Caps

Not Clearly Expressed

Passive Construction

Phony (Wordy)

Proofreading

Punctuation

Question Mark (?)

Read Aloud

Redundant/Redundant Phrasing

Repetition/Repetitious

Rephrase

Rephrase (Not Clear)

Rough

Sense

Sentence Sense

Sentence Unfocused

Sequence

Specify (Be specific)

Syntax

Solid

Truncated Statement

Use MLA Form

Unreadable

Wording Makes This Hard to Follow

Word Choice

Wordy Phrasing

Write Complete Sentences

Wrong Word

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8.  Sharpening the Topic Sentence

Ambiguous (Revision Plan)

Clarify

Solid

Solid Effort

Specify (Be specific)

Sentence Unfocused

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9.  Expanding the Example

Avoid Plot Summary

Delete

Discuss/Discuss This

Exactly

Follow-Up/Follow-Through (Good/Perfect)

Good Example(s)

Good Observation

Good Point/Clearly Stated

Good Point

Interesting/Interesting!

Lacks Chronology

Not Sure What You Mean Here

Omit

O.K. (Okay)

Provide Examples

Plot Summary

Points Don’t Connect

Sequence

Specify (Be Specific)

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Part Six: Enriching the Writing Experience

10.  Redefining Personal Boundaries

Big Improvement

Brilliantly Done

Excellent

Excellent Synthesis

Good

Good Job

Great/Great Effort

Nice/Nicely Done!

Solid Effort

Trust Your Voice

Sentence Unfocused

Very Nicely Done

Well Done

Well Written & Researched

Winnow, Winnow, Winnow

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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