Author: Fornes

Blog Prompt #7

For this blog prompt, peruse the work of a published writer and find at least three different examples of the stylistic variations discussed in the chapter. (Of course, I suggest that you use the work you will be discussing for…

Prepositional Phrases and Wordiness

Revise the following passage to make it more concise by eliminating prepositional phrases: Plaque has almost become a household word in this country. It is certainly a household problem for most people. But even though everyone is affected by it…

Blog Prompt #6

What are you planning to do for your Research Project? Why? Explain in some detail what text you will be analyzing, its primary audience, and its purpose. Then, discuss which elements of the text you plan to analyze—sentence lengths and…

Interjections and Star Wars

I discussed the role Schoolhouse Rock played in my education when we we watched “Conjunction Junction” in the context of coordination and subordination. This nifty little mash-up by One Minute Galactica applies Schoolhouse Rock’s “Interjections!” soundtrack to Star Wars scenes. (Just…

Blog Prompt #5 (S2013)

The fifth blog post is essentially the first portion of the proposal: Identify a specific topic and a working title for your final Research Paper and include the following information: A justification of the topic A specific research question If…

Sample Portfolio Cover Letter

Kelly reminded me to post the sample portfolio cover letter (thanks, Kelly), and I have done so in the “handouts” section in the right side bar. The sample letter covers some of what I expect in your cover letters but…

Blog Prompt #4 (S2013)

For this blog post, I am going to make you use the web site. Click on one of the posts in the RSS feeds to the left of this blog prompt–Daily Writing Tips, NY Times Grammar Blog, Grammarphobia, and Grammar…

A Proposal for a New Punctuation Mark

For several years now, scholars have argued about the role of email, texting, etc. have played on our literacy and written communication. This si the first time I have seen someone propose that our digital communication has prompted the need…