PREWRITING: This is the first stage of the writing process where you think about what the assignment is and what you plan to write about.
Writing Process Animation [13:12]
"This video describes the writing process involved in creating a good blog (or other writing endeavors, such as an essay). For other work from this artist, see http://www.laurenellis.ca"
Peer Tutor on Prewriting [2:41]
"Peer tutor Becky King of UC-Irvine explains the benefits of prewriting."
WRITING: Once you understand the assignment, you're ready to get your thoughts on paper.
What Not to Do in an Introduction [3:03]
"You probably shouldn't talk about how irrelevant your topic is, or how illogical all your arguments are. Maybe avoid boring your reader to tears as well. But you knew all of that. If you want some useful advice, just click play!"
Body Paragraph Help:
How to Write a Topic Sentence [3:55]
This video gives tips and examples for effective topic sentences (the first sentence of each body paragraph).
Paragraph Structure [4:26]
"In this video, we will discuss the structure and organization of a standard paragraph, as well as the importance of the topic sentence. After the video, students will have an understanding of paragraph structure and be able to write a strong topic sentence."
REVISING: Getting your thoughts on paper can be messy, so now it's time to go back and polish your work.
"In this tutorial we will show you how to proofread a paper."
How to Edit and Improve Essay Content [4:54]
This video helps you edit beyond fixing your grammar and mechanics to really revise your essay content.
Run-On Sentences and Comma Splices [2:42]
"In this video, we will discuss run-on sentences and comma splices in English. What are they and why are they important to avoid? Students will be shown how to identify this common problem in their own writing and how to correct it." The exercise he mentions can be found HERE.
General Grammar Links
Grammar's Great Divide: The Oxford Comma [3:25]
"If you read "Bob, a DJ and a clown" on a guest list, are three people coming to the party, or only one? That depends on whether you're for or against the Oxford comma -- perhaps the most hotly contested punctuation mark of all time. When do we use one? Can it really be optional, or is there a universal rule? TED-Ed explores both sides of this comma conundrum."
NOTE: Remember that when it comes to actually doing research and finding sources, your best bet is to get help from the Library, not the Writing Center. We help with actually incorporating that research into your writing (or your speech).
How to Avoid Plagiarism: Part 1 [5:30]
"Ever wonder if you’ve been accidentally plagiarizing? Get on the case with Detective Johansson, and put the finger on the Plagiarized 5."
English Punctuation & Grammar: What is Paraphrasing? [1:01]
"Paraphrasing is when something is rewritten in the reader's own words. Be sure to give credit when paraphrasing with help from a certified tutor in this free video on grammar and the English language."
Class Presentation: Paraphrasing Strategies Part 1 [9:38]
"This video is designed to be used in the classroom, and it covers some basic information about plagiarism and paraphrasing, focusing on note-taking strategies that aid in paraphrasing later. Accompanying handout: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2IyzFYlkxYaem9pWUk0RVBqYTg/view?usp=sharing"
Class Presentation: Paraphrasing Strategies Part 2 [12:38]
"This video is designed to be used in the classroom, and it covers some basic information about plagiarism and paraphrasing, focusing on sentence-level paraphrases. Accompanying handout: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2IyzFYlkxYaMjBrdXc4YUVNTlk/view?usp=sharing"
How to Analyze Literature [4:20]
"Have a literary analysis paper coming up? This is one of the trickier types of essays for a lot of college students. Watch this video to learn a strategy for approaching literary analysis and to see an example."
How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step by Step Guide [10:18]
This video gives a more in-depth explanation of how to analyze literature, specifically looking at a very short text ("The Tortoise and the Hare").
Mastering Business Writing & Grammar [PLAYLIST]
"Good writing is one of the most neglected but critical ingredients for business success. Bad writing can compromise the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns and risk your relationship with customers, clients and employees. Great writing, however, has the power to not only make an excellent first impression, but to persuade people to listen to you. This course will walk you through everything you need to know in order to improve your advertisements, Facebook and twitter posts, email newsletters, B2B communications, business proposals and much more. It will also address the most common grammatical errors that professionals make, and how to correct them"
Things To Avoid When Learning a Foreign Language [2:50]
"When learning a second language, don't think about home; don't even think about your friends or family. Trace explains why."
English 101: Sentence Fragments and Run-on Sentences [5:44]
"Students learn how to identify and correct sentence fragments and run on sentences. For free downloads and quizzes visit: http://www.ellcenter.com/course/engli..."
How to Use Articles 'a', 'an', and 'the' in English - Basic English Grammar lesson [9:30]
"English articles ("a", "an", and "the") come before nouns. They help to communicate which thing you're talking about, similar to words like "this", "my", and "all". And they're confusing to a lot of English learners.
Articles are really, really hard!
If your native language doesn't use articles, they can be really confusing. The truth is, you might never completely master articles. Most non-native English speakers don't, even know if they're quite fluent and have spoken English for a very long time. That's mostly OK. Mistakes with articles don't usually get in the way of communication. Your listeners or readers will usually be able to figure out what you mean by guessing whether you meant "a thing" or "the thing".
So while you should try to improve your skill with articles, you shouldn't worry much about them. This video lesson by Niharika will clear your basic doubts for using articles correctly."
iTunes U is a special part of the iTunes Store that provides free course materials like readings, videos, texts, and practice exercises for all kinds of courses. HACC has a strong presence on iTunes U, and you can use some of the resources available there to expand and practice what you're learning in class or to explore new content.