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                                       Improve Your Writing Skills
           Look at all of the Skills Center resources available to help you improve your writing!

                       To Students:                                                   To Instructors:
1. Select the English Resources folder on the Skills Center
   desktop and then select the Writing folder within.                 •   Check the student’s problem writing area(s) in the
2. Click on the Catalyst icon, and then click on the purple bar           “check-mark” column below. Please also circle
   in the middle of the screen to enter the program. Select the           any materials you particularly recommend.
   Editing link on the left side of the page. Choose one              •   Assign an entire class to visit the Skills Center or
   diagnostic test or take all four.                                      refer students individually to work on their writing
3. If you already know what area to work on, choose material              skills outside of class time.
   from the list below or ask an Instructional Assistant for          •   Call us at x27144 for assistance.
   advice.

       Writing Skill                Computer Programs                                       Print Materials
                          Writer’s Resources>Grammar, Punctuation,
                          Mechanics>#6, #7, #10
        Fragments,                                                        The Complete Sentence Workout Book- Ch. 6-8
                          Catalyst>Editing>Comma Splices, Run-on
        Run-ons and                                                       Practical English Handbook-pg. 28-34
                          Sentences, Sentence Fragments
       Comma Splices                                                      Practical English Workbook, 5th edition – Ch. 4
                          Skillsbank>Writing, Sentc. Structure – L7
                          Cornerstone-Usage 8 & 9
                          Writer’s Resources>Grammar, Punctuation,        The Complete Sentence Workout Book-Ch. 1, 2, 3
            Verbs,
                          Mechanics>#5, #9                                Error Free Writing- Ch.7, 8, 9
        Verb Forms,
                          Catalyst>Editing>Verbs & Verbals, Verb &        Understanding and Using English Grammar-Ch. 1-5
        Verb Tense,
                          Voice Shifts, Parts of Speech                   Basic English-Ch. 2
      Identifying Verbs
                          Skillsbank>Writing, Language Usage – L7         Practical English Handbook-pg.35-43
      & Verb and Voice
                          Cornerstone-Usage 4,5                           Practical English Workbook-Ch. 4
            Shifts
                          Writer’s Resources>Grammar, Punctuation,
                          Mechanics>#8
                                                                          The Complete Sentence Workout Book-Ch. 4, 10
                          Catalyst>Editing>Subject/Verb Agreement
        Subject/Verb                                                      Error Free Writing-Ch. 6
                          Skillsbank>Language, Grammar & Usage-
         Agreement                                                        Understanding and Using English Grammar-Ch. 6
                          L6-9
                                                                          Practical English Workbook, 5th edition – Ch. 6
                          Skillsbank>Writing, Language Usage-L5-7
                          Cornerstone-Usage 1,3,8
                          Writer’s Resources>Grammar, Punctuation,
                          Mechanics>#12, #13
                          Catalyst>Editing>Pronouns, Identifying          The Complete Sentence Workout Book-Ch. 11
                          Pronouns, Parts of Speech, Pronoun-             Understanding and Using English Grammar-Ch. 8
          Pronouns        Antecedent Agreement, Pronoun Reference         Error Free Writing- Ch. 5
                          Skillsbank>Reading, Grammar & Usage-            Basic English- Ch. 8
                          L15-19; Writing, Language Usage-L3;
                          Language, Grammar & Usage-L6—9
                          Cornerstone-Usage 2,11
                          Writer’s Resources>Writing Elements             The Complete Sentence Workout Book-Ch. 18
                          Lessons>#1>1.6, 1.7, 1.11                       Understanding & Using English Grammar-Ch.5,17-18
         Adjectives       Catalyst>Editing>Adjectives & Adverbs           Error Free Writing-Ch. 2, 3
            And           Skillsbank>Language, Grammar & Usage-           Basic English- Ch. 8
          Adverbs         L11—14; Writing, Language Usage-L9              Practical English Workbook-Ch. 7
                          Cornerstone-Usage 6                             Sentence Building-Ch. 11

                          Writer’s Resources>Writing Elements
                          Lessons>#4
                          Catalyst>Editing>Mixed Constructions,
         Sentence
                          Phrases and Clauses, Coordination and,          Practical English Workbook- Ch. 8
       Completeness
                          Subordination
                          Cornerstone-Usage 1,9
                          Skillsbank>Reading, Punctuation-L1
                   Writer’s Resources>Grammar, Punctuation,
  Sentence         Mechanics>#16
 Consistency       Catalyst>Editing>Parallelism                     Practical English Workbook- Ch. 8
 & Parallelism     Skillsbank>Writing, Clear Writing &
                   Paragraphs-L4
                   Writer’s Resources>Grammar, Punctuation,
                   Mechanics>#15
                   Catalyst>Editing>Misplaced Modifiers,            Gaining Sentence Power- Lesson 13
   Modifiers
                   Dangling Modifiers                               Practical English Workbook- Ch. 9
                   Skillsbank>Writing, Sentence Structure-L6;
                   Clear Writing-L1-2; Language Mechanics-L8
                   Writer’s Resources>Grammar, Punctuation,
 Separation of
                   Mechanics>#17
Sentence Parts                                                      The Right Way to Punctuate- Entire book
                   Catalyst>Editing>Dashes, Parentheses
 (Punctuation)
                   Blue Pencil – 3
                   Writer’s Resources>Grammar, Punctuation,
                                                                    The Complete Sentence Workout Book-Ch. 13-14
                   Mechanics>#10
                                                                    Practical English Workbook– Ch. 10
                   Catalyst>Editing>Commas
    Use of                                                          Practical English Handbook– pgs. 108, 126
                   Skillsbank>Writing, Language Mechanics-
   Commas                                                           Punctuation and Mechanics- Ch. 2-4
                   L8; Language, Punctuation-L5-11
                                                                    Gaining Sentence Power – pgs. 135, 151
                   Cornerstone-Punctuation 3,4,5,6
                                                                    Writing Sentences- pgs. 243-254
                   Blue Pencil – 2
                   Writer’s Resources>Grammar, Punctuation,
    Use of                                                          The Complete Sentence Workout Book- Ch. 13
                   Mechanics>#14
  semicolons                                                        Punctuation and Mechanics- Ch. 5-6
                   Catalyst>Editing>Semicolons, Colons
  and Colons                                                        Practical English Workbook- Ch. 11
                   Skillsbank>Language, Punctuation-L17-21
                   Writer’s Resources>Grammar, Punctuation,
                                                                    The Complete Sentence Workout Book-Ch. 16
    Use of         Mechanics>#20, #21
                                                                    Practical English Handbook pg. 140
Quotation Marks    Catalyst>Editing>Quotation Marks, End
                                                                    Punctuation and Mechanics-Ch. 1, 9,
 and Terminal      Punctuation
                                                                    Writing Sentences- pgs. 239, 256
 Punctuation       Skillsbank>Language, Punctuation-L14-15
                                                                    Practical English Workbook- Ch. 12
                   Blue Pencil – 6
                   Writer’s Resources>Grammar, Punctuation,
                                                                    Practical English Handbook- pg. 154
  Use of Italics   Mechanics>#18
                                                                    Practical English Workbook- Ch. 14
                   Catalyst>Editing>Italics
                   Writer’s Resources>Grammar, Punctuation,         The Complete Sentence Workout Book- Ch. 15
Use of Hyphens     Mechanics>#11                                    Error Free Writing- Ch. 4
& Apostrophes      Catalyst>Editing>Apostrophes, Hyphens            Punctuation and Mechanics- Ch. 7-8
                   Skillsbank>Language, Punctuation-L12-13          Practical English Workbook – Ch. 16
                   Writer’s Resources>Grammar, Punctuation,
                   Mechanics>#3                                     The Complete Sentence Workout Book- Ch. 12
                   Catalyst>Editing>Capitalization Skillsbank-      Practical English Handbook- pg. 167
 Capitalization
                   Writing, Language Mechanics-L1, L5               Punctuation and Mechanics-Ch. 10
                   Blue Pencil- 1                                   Practical English Workbook – Ch. 16
                   Cornerstone-Usage 10
                                                                    The Complete Sentence Workout Book- Ch. 19-21
                   Writer’s Resources>Writing Elements              Developing Vocabulary Skills
                   Lessons>#1                                       Idiomatic English
                   Catalyst>Editing>Wordiness, Clichés, Slang,      Idioms for Everyday Use
 Word Choice
                   Jargon…,Word Choice                              Oxford Idioms
 And Idioms
                   Skillsbank>Writing, Clear Writing &              Practice Vocabulary
                   Paragraphs.-L5; Reading, Word Knowledge-         Working with Sounds
                   L1-13                                            101 American English Idioms

                   Catalyst>Editing>Multilingual/ESL Writers,
                   Editing Exercises-Multilingual, Five Rules for
  Multilingual/    ESL Students, Word Usage – Rules for ESL,
  ESL Writers      Mastering Articles: Nine Rules, Sentence
                   Structure: Six Rules, Subject/Verb
                   Agreement, Participles/Adverbs (ESL)