The Write Stuff Video Series: Fixing Fragments

Are teachers always telling you, "Fix your fragments!" but you have no idea what a fragment is? Does Word underline your sentences with squiggly green lines, but you have no idea how to fix them? Then I have the video for you! "Fixing Fragments" shows writers how to fix one of the common problems writers … Continue reading The Write Stuff Video Series: Fixing Fragments

The Write Stuff Video Series: An Introduction to 4-Level Analysis

Why 4-Level Analysis? I use 4-level analysis in my classroom for two reasons: 1) The sentence is a paradigm (an example serving as a model) of grammar. Studying the 4-levels of a sentence shows students how each level is a part of a whole, and how each of those parts works together, logically, to create … Continue reading The Write Stuff Video Series: An Introduction to 4-Level Analysis

The Write Stuff Video Series: Identifying Independent Clauses

As a follow-up to my last video Fixing run-on and comma-splice errors, here is some more instruction on identifying when you have a simple sentence with one subject-predicate set, a compound sentence with two subject-predicate sets, and a simple sentence with a compound subject and a compound predicate. My mission is to help you use commas … Continue reading The Write Stuff Video Series: Identifying Independent Clauses

The Write Stuff Video Series: Fixing Run-On and Comma-Splice Errors

I have been teaching high-school English for ten years. I guess I'm slightly old-school because I believe that teaching students grammar will help them improve their writing. For those of you who are confused by this statement, there are many English teachers who don't believe this is true; therefore, many students are graduating from high … Continue reading The Write Stuff Video Series: Fixing Run-On and Comma-Splice Errors

The Write Stuff: At Least Get These Right

Before anyone will take you seriously, whether you are a writer or not, there are a few words you need to use correctly. I don’t care if it's for a job application or you are texting, writing statuses, or sending emails; getting these words wrong will make people judge your intelligence. I’m not kidding. If … Continue reading The Write Stuff: At Least Get These Right