Notes for summary-response essay

Regarding the coming summary-response essay, I have some notes to remind you some important information that need to be included in the essay. 1. Summary paragraph It is just about summarizing, not giving opinion. Therefore, be careful of using some phrases that express your opinion, namely, “I think”, “in my view”, “agree”, “disagree”, “unconvincing”, or … Continue reading Notes for summary-response essay

Quote integration

Some of you still make a mistake in integrating quotes. The common mistake is that the quote integration is missing transitions and reporting verb; in other words, it’s a “naked” quotation. Thus, please remember these below notes. They will help you to integrate quotes properly. If you start a quote, start the sentence with a … Continue reading Quote integration

Good summary

A good summary is not too long, not too short but have enough essential information of the original text. What are included in a good summary? The original text with full name of title of the article, name of the author(s). Main point of the text that the author(s) stated in the original. A variety … Continue reading Good summary

Good Annotation

Why do we need annotation? When we read a book or a text, taking some notes on the margin can help you to remember and digest the content thoroughly. However, it doesn't mean that you can write whatever you want on the margins. The notes must be related to the content, concise, correct, useful, and … Continue reading Good Annotation

How to use Colon, Dash, and Semi-colon

We've just practiced using semi-colon, dash, and colon in the class. However, some of you are still confused about the usage of these punctuation. Thus, I'll present some examples for you to distinguish the difference between these three and use them correctly. 1. Semi-colon I think it is the easiest punctuation among the three because … Continue reading How to use Colon, Dash, and Semi-colon

Common mistakes in combining sentences

Combining sentences is a method to help you reduce sentence redundancy, avoid repeated words, shorten the length of the sentence, and make you essay more concise. However, combining sentences is sometimes tricky, and it will affect the meaning of the sentence if you combine incorrectly. When I took a look on your homework about combining … Continue reading Common mistakes in combining sentences

Telling a story

For some reasons, telling a story is not easy for many people. They tend to have nothing about what they want to say, how they construct the story smoothly and why they have to do that. On Wednesday, we'll have an in-class narrative essay that some of you might have not written before. First of … Continue reading Telling a story