ESL 312 ~ LINKS FOR WRITING IMPROVEMENT

 

Planning Your Essay

Graphic Organizers, Pre-Writing Ideas, and Essay Writing Resources   The first two links under Graphic Organizers will show you how to organize your ideas before writing.
Workshops with videos for Developing Writers  This series of 8 video workshops is resented by the Annenberg Foundation and focuses on First Steps, Audience, Purpose, Usage and mechanics, etc. It's an excellent site for teachers and students.
The Writing Process  Check the two links: Prewriting, Writing, Revising | Paraphrasing, Quoting, and Avoiding Plagiarism.

A Student's Guide to the Presentation of Essays  From the University of Calgary, lessons on formatting essays , using quotations, documenting sources and other helpful tips for essay writing.

Different Kinds of Essays and How to Write Them

A Skills and Style Handbook for Writing Essays  A fantastic site for the stages of the writing process.
Guide to Writing Different Types of Essays  This site includes information on how to write eight different types of essays.
Types of Essays with Student Samples   Also includes preparation tips for writing timed essays.
Types of Essays   Literacy Education Online site
Writer's Den Essays on Many Academic Topics  Excellent essays on History, Nature, Science, Canada, and Lifestyle.  All have instructive paragraph notes/outlines so that you can see how the essay was developed.
Writer's Den Essay Index  Useful notes on Parts of an Essay, How to Write an Essay, and  Kinds of Essays.
A Guide to Writing a Basic Essay  Links on Topic | Outline | Thesis | Body | Introduction | Conclusion
OWL Tips on Essay Writing
Two ways to write Comparison/Contrast Essays
A Guide to Writing a Classification Essay
Transitional Words and Phrases  A list of transitional words and phrases categorized by meaning. Also note the Handbook Index menu on the left for other useful writing topics. (University of Wisconsin Writing Center)   
Ann Thistlethwaite's class page for ESL 312  Contains a long list of exercises practical for high-intermediate writers.

Proofreading, Editing, and Revision

The Edit Grid  The edit grid from San Jose Writes categorizes the common errors ESL writers make. Click the teacher icons for explanations and interactive practice with the topics listed.
Proofreading Strategies  A complete guide for revision and editing strategies.
Editing and Proofreading Strategies for Sentence Level Errors  Literacy Education Online Site
Peer Edit with Perfection Tutorial
Rules for Using Quotation Marks
Using Quotations and Dialogue
Plagiarism.org  Learn to avoid plagiarism in all of its forms.

Grammar Study

MyEnglishLab  Login page for students enrolled in MyEnglishLab for Understanding and Using English Grammar.
Destinations 2  Companion web site for the textbook.
OWL Complete Index by Topic  A complete index of OWL links organized by topic for writing, punctuation, sentence construction, parts of speech, and ESL links  
Commnet's Complete Index of Grammar Topics
NorthStar High Intermediate Writing Text  Select the resource you need to review in the table on the left.

SPELLING LINKS

Spelling Lessons   - a great interactive site with five levels of spelling activities. 

ESL Station         ESL 310 Series