Writing for College Success   (#1009370)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

Version Description

This course is targeted for students who are not "college-ready" in writing. This course incorporates language study, the practice of writing craft strategies, and the analysis of writing selections to develop critical writing skills necessary for success in college courses, preparing students for successful completion of Florida college English courses requiring extensive grade-level writing. The benchmarks reflect the Florida College Competencies necessary for entry-level college courses.

General Notes

The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: writing effective sentence structures; effectively implementing patterns of paragraph development; recognizing and solving common sentence development problems; reading and modeling mentor essays; and understanding and using language, grammar, and mechanics effectively.

Instructional Practices: Teaching from well-written, grade-level instructional materials enhances students’ content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any purpose. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning.

  1. Reading assignments from longer text passages, as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.
  2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
  3. Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.
  4. Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.
  5. Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Language Arts. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/la.pdf

General Information

Course Number: 1009370
Abbreviated Title: WRTNG COLL SUCCESS
Number of Credits: Half credit (.5)
Course Length: Semester (S)
Course Type: Elective Course
Course Level: 2
Course Status: Course Approved
Grade Level(s): 9,10,11,12

Educator Certifications

One of these educator certification options is required to teach this course.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

Blasting Off with Active and Passive Voice:

Learn to distinguish between passive and active voice and how to revise sentences by changing them from passive voice to active voice in this interactive Space Race-themed tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Investigating Essential and Nonessential Elements: Part Two:

Investigate essential and nonessential elements in a sentence. In Part Two of this two-part series, you'll learn about essential and nonessential phrases and clauses and how to use commas with nonessential phrases and clauses in a sentence.

Please complete Part One before beginning Part Two. Click HERE to launch Part One. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Investigating Essential and Nonessential Elements: Part One:

Investigate essential and nonessential elements in a sentence in this two-part, interactive tutorial series. In Part One, you'll learn about appositives and how to use commas with appositives when they provide nonessential information in a sentence.

When you're done, make sure to complete Part Two. Click HERE to launch Part Two.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Mysterious Punctuation: The Dash -- Part Two:

Investigate a mysterious punctuation mark--the dash--in this interactive, two-part tutorial. In this series, you'll learn about two types of dashes and their different uses. In Part Two, you'll learn about the em dash and practice using it correctly.

We recommend that you complete Part One first! Click HERE to launch Part One.

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Mysterious Punctuation: The Dash -- Part One :

Investigate a mysterious punctuation mark--the dash--in this interactive, two-part tutorial. In this series, you'll learn about two types of dashes and their different uses. In Part One, you'll learn about the en dash and practice using it correctly. In Part Two, you'll learn about the em dash and practice using it correctly. We hope by the end of this series that the dash will no longer be quite so mysterious!

Make sure to complete Part Two! Click HERE to launch Part Two.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary Unleashed:

Learn 15 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial! You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Mysterious Punctuation Marks: The Ellipsis:

Check out a mysterious punctuation mark . . . the ellipsis . . . in this interactive, English Language Arts tutorial. You'll learn a number of different uses for the ellipsis and apply what you learn to practice using the ellipsis correctly.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Mysterious Punctuation Marks: Commas:

Don't be mystified by commas! This interactive tutorial will help you better understand how to correctly use this often mysterious punctuation mark. You'll learn several ways commas are commonly misused to help make sure you don't make these same mistakes in your own writing. Then, you'll learn several ways to correctly use a comma. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Mysterious Punctuation Marks: Apostrophes:

Check out a mysterious punctuation mark--the apostrophe--in this interactive tutorial. You'll learn several important rules and guidelines to help you demystify this punctuation mark so you can use it correctly in your own writing. 

 

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Exploring Comma Usage:

Learn to use commas correctly to set off an introductory clause, phrase, or word at the start of a sentence with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Mysterious Punctuation: Investigating Commas :

Learn a number of important rules that will help you master the mysterious comma. In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn how commas are used to separate three or more items in a series and to “set off” certain aspects of a sentence.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Be Careful with Your Commas!:

Learn to use commas correctly with this interactive, English Language Arts tutorial. You'll review a number of important comma rules, including when not to use a comma, and you'll learn to identify errors in comma usage. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Mysterious Punctuation Marks—Part Two: Quotation Marks and the Dash:

Learn about two mysterious punctuation marks—quotation marks and the dash. As you complete this interactive tutorial, you'll learn a number of important rules and guidelines to help you correctly use them.

This is Part Two of a two-part series. Click HERE to launch Part One to learn about the apostrophe and ellipsis.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Mysterious Punctuation Marks -- Part One:

Learn about four mysterious punctuation marks in this two-part interactive tutorial. In Part One, you'll learn important rules and guidelines to help you correctly use the apostrophe and the ellipsis. 

In Part Two, you'll learn to correctly use quotation marks and the dash. Make sure to complete both parts! Click HERE to open Part Two.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Comma Check: Putting Your Punctuation in Order:

Learn three rules for using commas correctly in your writing through use of this interactive, English Language Arts tutorial. You'll learn how to join two independent clauses without creating a comma splice, how to identify and offset a nonessential clause in a sentence, and how to use the controversial Oxford comma. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Fixing Run-on Sentences:

Learn to recognize and fix one of the most common grammar errors—the run-on sentence—as you complete this interactive tutorial.

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Check it Out: Using Colons Correctly:

Learn about the ways to correctly use a colon in a sentence by exploring this interactive tutorial! We'll go over contexts where colon use is appropriate, and you'll learn guidelines for colon usage. You'll also learn several important rules for capitalization usage after a colon. By the end, you should be apply to apply these rules to correctly use a colon within a sentence. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Doppelganger Danger: Confusing Pronouns:

Avoid "doppelganger danger" by using this interactive tutorial! In this tutorial, you'll examine some commonly confused pronouns. These pronouns have their own doppelgangers, which often trick people into believing that they have the same meaning, when in fact, their meanings can be very different. This tutorial will guide you out of doppelganger danger so that you will be able to distinguish the appropriate pronoun from its tricky double!

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Doppelganger Danger: Words Commonly Confused:

Avoid "doppelganger danger" as you examine six pairs of commonly confused words in this interactive tutorial. Learning how to correctly use these commonly confused words will help you avoid some of the most common spelling mistakes.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Piece It Together: Understanding Semicolon Usage:

Learn three rules for semicolon usage in this interactive tutorial. We'll go over several contexts where semicolon use is appropriate, and you'll learn the guidelines for its usage. By the end, you should be able to apply these three rules to correctly use a semicolon within a sentence.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Doppelganger Danger: Commonly Confused Words:

Avoid "doppelganger danger" as you examine six pairs of commonly confused words. Learning how to correctly use these commonly confused words will help you avoid some of the most common spelling mistakes.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Complex Usage: Which Word Will Win?:

Examine five pairs of commonly confused words in this interactive tutorial. This tutorial focuses on language and resolving issues of complex usage. You will examine pairs of words that are often confused in order to learn the correct use of each word. By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to accurately use these ten commonly confused words. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Doppelganger Danger: Tricky Word Doubles:

Avoid "doppelganger danger" as you examine fourteen homophones, which are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Learning how to use these homophones correctly in this interactive tutorial will help you avoid some of the most common spelling mistakes.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Doppelganger Danger: Tricky Homophones:

Avoid "doppelganger danger" as you examine eleven homophones, which are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Learning how to use these homophones correctly in this interactive tutorial will help you avoid some of the most common spelling mistakes.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Doppelganger Danger: Words that Confuse:

Avoid "doppelganger danger" as you examine twelve homophones, which are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Learning how to use these homophones correctly in this interactive tutorial will help you avoid some of the most common spelling mistakes.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Capitalization: A Crash Course:

Learn the rules of capitalization in this interactive tutorial!  By the end, you'll have undergone a "crash course" in correct capitalization.  

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Discovering the Treasure of Sentence Variety: Part 2:

Ahoy, mateys! In Part Two of this two-part tutorial series, you will learn about syntax and the ways in which writing with varied syntax can affect the meaning of a text. You will practice identifying simple, compound, and complex sentence structures and analyze the effect of these different types of structures on the meaning of a text. You will also practice writing using varied syntax. This two-part series examines different types of sentences from the novel Treasure Island.

Make sure to complete Part One before beginning Part Two! Click HERE to view Part One.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Discovering the Treasure of Sentence Variety: Part 1:

Ahoy, mateys! Learn about syntax and the ways in which writing with varied syntax can affect the meaning of a text. In this two-part interactive tutorial you will learn about syntax: the arrangement of words in a sentence or word order. You will practice identifying simple, compound, and complex sentence structures and analyze the effect of these different types of structures on the meaning of a text. You will also practice writing using varied syntax. This two-part series examines different types of sentences from the novel Treasure Island

Make sure to complete both parts of this series! Click HERE for Part Two.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary Mastery:

Acquire new vocabulary through this interactive tutorial. You'll learn definitions for 15 new words, as well as their parts of speech, their synonyms and antonyms, and you'll practice using them in context.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

In the Driver's Seat!:

Learn tips to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a source you want to use as evidence in a piece of writing. By the end of this interactive tutorial, you'll be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a source by answering the following questions: Does the source align to the requirements of the task? Does the source support your purpose for writing? Does the source meet the needs of your audience?

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Streamlining Sentences: Using Hyphens :

Learn how to use the hyphen in this interactive tutorial about sharks species! You'll learn rules and strategies for the proper use of this misunderstood punctuation mark.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary in Action (Grades 11-12):

Acquire new vocabulary through this interactive tutorial. You'll learn the definitions for 15 new words, as well as their parts of speech, their synonyms and antonyms, and you'll practice using them in context.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Language Liaisons: A Relationship Between Words:

Explore word relationships by identifying and interpreting some figures of speech in context and analyzing the role or purpose they play in the text. In this interactive tutorial you will examine several kinds of figures of speech, including hyperbole and paradox. You'll also analyze nuances in the meanings of words with similar denotations or definitions. Several excerpts used in this tutorial come from works by William Shakespeare.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary Power:

Acquire new vocabulary through this interactive tutorial. You'll learn definitions for 15 new words, as well as their parts of speech, their synonyms and antonyms, and you'll practice using them in context.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Commas, Commas, Everywhere!:

Review common uses of the comma and learn how it can be properly used to set off nonrestrictive elements--like phrases and words--in a sentence. This interactive tutorial will also give you the chance to complete practice activities to check your understanding.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Nature of Words: Nuances, Relationships & Meanings:

Explore the work of poet William Blake as you examine word choice, word relationships, nuances in the meaning of words, and the use of figurative language with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Drawing Evidence for Analysis and Reflection:

Learn to draw appropriate evidence from a text to support a written response to an analysis prompt and a reflection prompt. In this interactive tutorial you will be working with excerpts from two of George Orwell’s works: 1984 and “Shooting an Elephant.”

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Dynamic English:

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

Define some of the conventions of Modern English and compare modern usage to earlier conventions. You should be able to identify some of the fundamental differences between written and spoken English. You should also be able to recognize differences between standard and disputed language use and classify the conventions of a language. Finally, you should be able to identify changes in Standard English conventions based on your understanding of modern conventions, as well as the conventions of earlier forms of English.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Student Center Activity

Edcite: ELA Reading Grade 11:

Students can practice answering reading comprehension questions with engaging texts on the history of women's athletics. With an account, students can save their work and send it to their teacher when complete.

Type: Student Center Activity

Tutorials

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 4- Commas:

This interactive 20-question activity will help you practice using commas correctly in a sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, whether your answer was correct or not.

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Grammar Bytes! Exercise 3- Commas:

This interactive 20-question activity will help you practice using commas correctly in a sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, whether your answer was correct or not.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 2- Commas:

This interactive 20-question activity will help you practice using commas correctly in a sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, whether your answer was correct or not.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 1- Commas:

This interactive 20-question activity will help you practice using commas correctly in a sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, whether your answer was correct or not. Explanations of each correct answer are also provided.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 11 : To, Too, Two:

This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct spelling of these commonly confused words. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, whether your answer was correct or not. Explanations of each correct answer are also provided.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 12 : To, Too, Two:

This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct spelling of these commonly confused words. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, as to whether your answers were correct or not.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 9 : Whose, Who's:

This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct form of two commonly confused words: whose and who's. You will get feedback after every question with an explanation of why the answer is correct.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 2 : Their, There, They're:

This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct spelling of these commonly confused words. You will get feedback after every question and an explanation of why each answer is correct. If you don't know, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 1 : Their, There, They're:

This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct spelling of these commonly confused words. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, whether your answer was correct or not. Explanations of each correct answer are also provided.

Type: Tutorial

How to Avoid Plagiarism:

This tutorial from the University of Maryland University College's Writing Center will help you understand and evaluate three ways to use source material: quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing. The resource also provides guidelines to help you avoid even unintentional plagiarism mistakes. Once you complete the interactive exercises and answer every question on the final quiz correctly, you will receive a printable certificate of completion. Simply click on the hyperlink for the Interactive Version to begin.

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Proper Techniques for Research and Writing:

This tutorial provides you with step-by-step instructions for all aspects of writing a research paper and includes a comprehensive list of links to various style guides. Quizzes are also provided for self-assessment. Simply click start at the bottom of the home page to begin the presentation. If you want to only use portions of the tutorial, use the scroll down menu from the Jump To section located at the top of each presentation slide.

Type: Tutorial

Selling Yourself: Resume Generator:

In this tutorial from ReadWriteThink.org you will learn how to create a professional resume that showcases your talents and skills. This interactive site offers both chronological (if you have lots of work experience) or functional (if you have little work experience) templates to guide you through the development of your resume and offers helpful tips at each step of the process. When you are finished, you can print, save or email your resume.

Type: Tutorial

Purdue OWL: Personal Statement:

In this vidcast from the Purdue Online Writing Lab, you will learn how to write your personal statement for your college application. Further, you will be able to write for a specific audience while adhering to particular guidelines for your format and style. Note- the vidcast may take a minute or two to load.

Type: Tutorial

Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism:

This tutorial from Cornell University includes the what, why, how, and when of documenting sources in a research paper. You will learn what plagiarism is, when and how to document sources, the difference between primary and secondary sources, and definitions of the following words: documentation, citation, and reference. Afterward, you will have a chance to identify correct and incorrect examples of proper documentation.

Type: Tutorial

Guide to Grammar and Writing: Principles of Composition:

This is a comprehensive guide that can help students with writing. This resource includes materials that will help students write in different formats, including personal essays, cause/effect papers, essays about literature, and research papers. There are materials that will help students with different aspects of the writing process, including how to develop an introduction or conclusion, how to write a thesis statement, and how to effectively use transitions.

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Parent Resources

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