Category: blog prompts

Blog Prompt #8

Draft a body paragraph or two of your research project. The passage must contain an example from your primary text, your analysis, and a secondary source that supports your analysis in some way.

The Secret Life of Pronouns–Blog Prompt #7

At some point over the weekend, I stumbled across a discussion of James W. Pennebacker, the author of The Secret Life of Pronouns. I didn’t get the whole interview, but Pennebaker’s theory seems to be that how we use language…

Blog Prompt #6

Complete #1 for Exercise 23 on page 154 of Rhetorical Grammar (our book). Never be an investor in something you don’t understand or in the dream of an artful salesperson of some product. Be a buyer, not a sellee. Figure…

Blog Prompt #5

Finally, here is the prompt for the fifth blog post. I meant to post this before break, but the web site has been down. Slowly but surely, I am getting it back to normal. Anyway, the fifth blog post is…

Blog Prompt #4 (S2012)

Identify the sentence patterns in your first analysis. How many of your sentences were simple sentences? How many were compound sentences? And so forth. Try combining some sentences and/or making compound sentences two simple sentences. How do the meanings change?

Blog Prompt #3 (S2012)

Review the draft you will use for your second analysis and note your use of conjunctive adverbs and conjunctions. Consider how the meaning would be different if you structured the sentences with conjunctions as two sentences with a conjunctive a…

Blog Prompt #2 (S2012)

Let’s get started on the first analysis draft. For this prompt, find the professional article and passage from that article that you will be using for your analysis. You will want to choose the article carefully; some articles will work…

Blog Prompt #8

This blog prompt is not really a blog prompt at all; it’s more like homework. Complete the chart on page 239 of Rhetorical Grammar (Exercise #39). You can make a photocopy of the page in your book or, better yet,…

Blog Prompt #7

The “For Group Discussion” on pages 223-226 includes several passages from published writers. Type out one of the passages and discuss the stylistic devices the author uses. Better yet, share a passage from the primary source of your Research Project.

Blog Prompt #6

The sixth blog prompt comes in two parts. First, what word or words do you dislike. You can choose words based on how they sound, their meaning, etc. For instance, I dislike the word  ointment, primarily based on the way…