Grissom's Grammar and Composition

This blog is for any student writing papers for college, for current and former students in my Communications Cluster at Lindenwood University, and my students at St. Charles Community College.

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I write for myself, for the web, and for everyone who gets me. I've been on a fasting liquid diet, traveled to Europe, and raised 2 kids. And I'm directionally challenged - I get lost a lot.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 Reminder

Several people still have not submitted their research papers to!

I won't be returning your graded research paper to you until the paper is submitted (yes, I'm holding them hostage), so try to get it in before 4 p.m. today so I can check before I leave for class. If you have already submitted it successfully,  please disregard.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Class Reminder: Thanksgiving Schedule

Remember both classes meet on Tuesday this week. Journals 5-8 are due, as well as the literature stories. Bring your own munchies. The specifics are here.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Research Paper Option Now Posted at and Class Reminders

Don't forget to submit the final draft of your research paper to I just posted the assignment so if you tried to do so previously and it didn't work, now it should.

Remember next week's class is combined and will meet at the St. Charles campus in the Cultural Center. See the previous blog post for directions. And remember your next set of journals is due next week and all grammar exercises should be finished by then as well.

Oh and FYI Wednesday class - the Tuesday class is asking if you might bring food to bribe them for crashing their night :) Maybe I'll bring some Chex Mix for everyone.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thanksgiving Week Schedule for Fall 2008

As we discussed, we will be combining my two classes for the week of Thanksgiving.

All Wednesday night students should attend the Tuesday night class on November 25, 2008 at Lindenwood's St. Charles campus. We meet in the Cultural Center, Room 107. That's the church-like building where you attended orientation the first Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Consult the campus map if you need a reminder.

When entering the Cultural Center from the side street entrance, go up the stairs and then make a right down the first hallway on your right. Go down the stairs, then proceed to the end of the hallway and turn left. Room 107 is the last classroom on the left.

Class will not meet on Wednesday, November 26, 2008. Let me know if you have any questions.


Topics to Review for Research Writing Skills Test

Finding a Research Topic
If you were assigned another research paper, what steps would you take to find a topic to write about? (Basically I'm looking for you to describe what you did in Assignments #1-3 of the research project)

Evaluating Sources
How do you evaluate sources? What makes them good quality sources?

Formal Research Writing
Research writing is more formal than other types of writing. Explain some differences between informal essay writing and research writing.

Paraphrasing, Summarizing, and Quoting
You get sources into your paper using these three methods. Define each and explain why and how use them in a research paper.

Logos, Ethos, Pathos
These are three ways to persuade an audience. Define them and give examples. Review three ways to argue.

Logical Fallacies
These are arguments with bad logic. They are often used because they fool people, but good sources won't have logical fallacies and you shouldn't use them in your own writing. Be familiar with at least 4 common fallacies.

Responding to the Other Side
You can acknowledge or refute the opposing side's arguments. How do you do this and why does it help persuade your audience?

Signal Phrases
Signal phrases introduce quotations into your paper, often by explaining what the source of evidence is or the name and qualifications of the expert you are quoting. Know how to use them and give an example.

Brackets and Ellipses
These are tools to help you handle quotations in a research paper. Ellipses allow you to leave out part of a quote, and brackets go around anything you added to a quotation to help your audience understand it. Know how and why to use [sic] also.

In-text Citations
These are citations used within your writing to show where source information came from. You either mention the source in your writing or add it in parenthesis at the end of the sentence. Give examples of in-text citations and show where the punctuation goes when using an in-text citation at the end of a sentence. Also explan how it connects to the Works Cited.