Category: lectures

Coordination and Subordination

A discussion of sentence patterns necessarily introduces the coordination and subordination of clauses within those sentences. Learning the punctuation and grammar of coordination and subordination is easy. The tough part is identifying when and why an idea is a coordinate…

Incorporating Sources Rhetorically

One of the reasons we engage in and cite our research is to establish our own expertise on a topic. The research we include in our drafts tells the reader, “Hey! I did my homework; I read up on this…

Metaphor

We often discuss metaphor in the context of a writer’s voice, but metaphor also reflects the way we think. The metaphors we use to describe certain concepts, activities, etc. both reflect and affect the way we think about those concepts,…

Sentence Patterns

The following little presentation introduces seven basic sentence patterns. Some sentence patterns are based on the verb (the be verb, the linking verb, the transitive or intransitive verb, etc.) and others are based on the noun phrases found in the…

Words and Phrases

As we begin our adventure deep within the bowels of the English language, we will engage in a little review of the basic words we use. Here are a couple things to tuck away in the back of your mind…