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I believe in the value of the written word, and because of that, I respect its rules. In an age where written communication is essential in business and education, having an adequate understanding of these rules will enable others to understand that which you are attempting to communicate. I have included a PowerPoint Presentation that highlights some of my favorite topics.

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Grammar Power Point

  1. 1. Grammar, Punctuation, and Writing Skills for the Adult Learner ~ Adrienne Courtney University of Phoenix Online EDD560 Internet and Distance Education Delivery MADL132A Eli Collins-Brown December 8, 2004
  2. 2. Table of Contents <ul><li>Slide 3 Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 4 Comma </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 5 Punctuation Confusion </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 6 Dangling Participle </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 7 Acronyms </li></ul><ul><li>Slides 8 - 10 Writing Process </li></ul><ul><li>Slides 11-13 Common Errors </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 14 Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 15 References </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>This presentation will discuss a few basic issues in written communication. Having a refresher course in grammar, punctuation, and writing may be beneficial for some adult learners. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Comma = Rhythm <ul><li>Indicates a brief pause </li></ul><ul><li>Separates items in a series </li></ul><ul><li>Separates adjectives modifying a noun </li></ul><ul><li>Before and after interruptions to a sentence </li></ul><ul><li>After conjunctions separating two complete sentences </li></ul><ul><li>After introductory phrases – “At any rate,” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Punctuation Confusion <ul><li>If bulleted text abbreviated - no period </li></ul><ul><li>Ellipses – the number of dots matter </li></ul><ul><li>Use s’ for possessive, plural nouns </li></ul><ul><li>Use s’s for possessive, proper nouns </li></ul><ul><li>Semicolon – rather than period </li></ul><ul><li>End quotes and closing punctuation </li></ul>
  6. 6. Dangling What? Dangling Participle <ul><li>“A present participle is a verb ending in -ing , and is called dangling when the subject of the -ing verb and the subject of the sentence do not agree ” (Lynch, 2004) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Acronyms <ul><li>Plural acronyms do not need a possessive apostrophe. </li></ul><ul><li>CEOs (correct) </li></ul><ul><li>UFO’s (incorrect) </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Writing Process These suggestions are taken from Aaron’s “Writing Process” (2001) <ul><li>Narrow your subject </li></ul><ul><li>Consider your audience </li></ul><ul><li>Consider your purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct research </li></ul><ul><li>Determine design and format </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Writing Process Continued <ul><li>Thesis Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Narrows subject to a central idea </li></ul><ul><li>Aaron (2001) states that it “asserts something specific” about the subject </li></ul><ul><li>Conveys the writer’s purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Preview of idea arrangement </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Writing Process Continued <ul><li>Five paragraph essay as model </li></ul><ul><li>Intro paragraph includes thesis statement </li></ul><ul><li>Start / end paragraphs with transition sentences </li></ul><ul><li>Each section of body echoes the thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Arguments go from strongest to weakest </li></ul><ul><li>Concluding paragraph echoes introductory paragraph </li></ul>
  11. 11. Common Errors Mute Point Moot Point Asterick Asterisk Conversate Converse CD-ROM disk CD-ROM Doctorial Doctoral Alot A lot Incorrect Correct
  12. 12. Common Errors Predominatly Predominantly Second of all Second Writting Writing Perogative Prerogative internet Internet Intensive Purposes Intents & Purposes Incorrect Correct
  13. 13. Common Errors Devise (verb) Device (noun) Affect (verb) Effect (noun) Advise (verb) Advice (noun) Resent (Verb) Recent (Adjective) Towards (United Kingdom) Toward (United States)
  14. 14. Questions <ul><li>Do you have any questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know where to find resources? </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Find three grammar rules that could improve your writing skills, and report findings to the class. </li></ul>
  15. 15. References <ul><li>Aaron, J. (Ed.). (2001). The Little, Brown Compact Handbook. Boston, MA: Addison Wesley Educational Publishers. </li></ul><ul><li>Lynch, J. (2004). Guide to Grammar and Style. Retrieved December 5, 2004, from Rutgers University Web Site: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/ </li></ul>

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