English and Composition Skills

English and compositions skills help you communicate better, not only by using language properly, but by organizing ideas in ways that will be clearer and make more of an impact on your reader or audience.
Below you will find a list of English and composition topics offered in Supplemental Learning activities.
 
 

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Subject Description
Apostrophes: Identify apostrophe errors in contractions and possession. Learn techniques to use apostrophes correctly.
Avoiding Run-on Sentences: Identify run-on errors between sentences and learn techniques to correct them using periods, semi-colons, subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.
Commas and Quotation Marks: Use commas and quotation marks correctly in citing quotes or writing dialogue.
Drawing Inferences: Learn to distinguish clues in reading to help find hidden meanings.
How to Start an Essay: Use effective prewriting strategies to start writing essays.
MLA Style 1: Create correctly formatted parenthetical citations at a basic level and a correctly formatted Works Cited page in MLA style.
MLA Style 2: Learn more advanced and detailed aspects of MLA citation format including quotes within quotes, block quotes, ellipses and square brackets.
Paragraph Structure: Compose a well-developed source-based paragraph of 8- 11 sentences, including topic and conclusion sentences.
Proofreading: Identify and apply a variety of proofreading strategies to locate surface errors in writing and correct them.
Sentence Fragments: Identify components of a complete sentence and learn strategies to correct sentence fragments in writing.
Thesis Development: Identify components of a coherent, unified thesis statement and evaluate various sample thesis statements.
Vocabulary Building: Analyze context and word parts to help increase vocabulary in readings.
Writer’s Block: Define writer’s block and identify strategies to overcome blocks.