Online Writing Lab

Established and maintained by RHS ELA Teacher Althea Terenzi

Welcome to the RHS OWL
The following resources are arranged in sections, generally in the order in which they might be useful in the writing process. The topics within each section are listed alphabetically.


Information Gathering

Task

Information

Resources

Databases

How to search a database

 

Revere High School databases

 

Evaluating sources

Overview & tips

checklist


Many practice modules for evaluating multiple criteria

Note-taking

Overview & methods

Notecard method

Science Fair Logbook

Types of note-taking organizers

Note-taking templates

Templates for reference sources


Organizing sources

Source organizer for historical investigation

Notecard method


4 exercises

Quotations

Overview of using literary quotations in a paper


Pattern folder method video

Research process

Visit the Learning Commons website for tutorial videos, library catalogue, and more.


Checklists and handouts

 

 

Planning & Prewriting

Task

Information

Resources

Audience Analysis

Overview

 Tone and Audience Awareness

Worksheet

Brainstorming

Brainstorming for journalism

Ideas and techniques for poetry

Brainstorming for memoir

Brainstorming for humor writing

Brainstorming for short fiction

Brainstorming for persuasive essays

Link to mind-mapping tools & apps

Guide to techniques

Outlining

How to outline

Basic outline for synthesis essays

 

Template

Organization

Guide to narrative writing

Presentation on expository writing

Tips for persuasive essays

Guide to critical analysis

 Guide for compare/contrast essays

Organizers for a wide variety of assignments

Essay Map Generator

Persuasive Argument Map Generator

Graphic Organizer for 5-para. Essay

M.E.A.L.  graphic organizer

 


Writing: Grammar & Usage

Common Issue

Learning Resources

Practice

Apostrophes

Rules

Quiz yourself

Capitalization

Capitalization rules

Animated video- the basics

Video tutorial


Exercise in capitalization

Quiz yourself

Colons

Rules

Video tutorial

Practice

Quiz- colon vs. semicolon


Commas

All the rules

Practice 1 ; Practice 2

Game 1 ; Game 2


 Dialogue Rules for punctuation
Video lesson for punctuation
Lesson on dialogue tags
 Exercise  

Quotation marks

Rules- basic ; Rules- advanced

Single vs. double quotation marks

Punctuating with quotations


Exercise

Game

Run-on sentences

Explanation

Animated video- the basics

Practice 1Practice 2 

Quiz yourself


Semi-colons

Video tutorial

Rules (funny)

Exercise  ; Game

Quiz yourself


Sentence fragments

Overview with examples

Video- how to identify and fix

Practice- identifying fragments

Practice- fixing fragments

Practice- revision


Subject-verb agreement

Making subjects and verbs agree

Video- How to identify and fix

Practice

Quiz yourself


Titles

General guide- punctuation

Handout- punctuation & capitalization


Quiz yourself

 Verb Tense Consistency Guidelines for controlling shifts in tense Exercise
 Review with quiz 

 

Writing: Content & Style

Common Issue

Learning Resources

Practice

Conclusions

Overview and tips


 

Evidence Analysis

Worksheet


 

Integrating Sources & Ideas

Integrating literary quotations

Full text of They Say, I Say

They Say, I Say templates for presenting sources and ideas


 

Introductions

Video- Literary Analysis Introductions

Guide & Strategies

Helpful Tips with examples


 Comprehension questions

Paraphrasing

How to paraphrase with examples

 

Exercises

Revision

Checklist


 

Summarizing

Difference between summary, paraphrase, and quotation  ;

When and how to summarize


Practice

Synthesis

 Full text of They Say, I Say

 

Thesis statements

Video- How to write a thesis

Worksheet for developing a thesis


 

Transitions

Guide


 

Wordiness

Strategies for eliminating wordiness

CRISP method of style revision

3 exercises


 

Writing: Citing Information & Source Attribution

Common Issue

Learning Resources

Practice

APA- works cited/ bibliography

 

Making a works cited / references page rules and examples

Exercise. You will have to create a user name and password

APA-in text  citation

 

In text citation rules and examples

Exercise. You will have to create a user name and password

EasyBib.com

Free MLA bibliography generator.  Note: EasyBib often misses important information that may need to be entered manually.


MLA- works cited / bibliography

Making a works cited page rules and examples

 

Exercise. You will have to create a username and password

MLA- in text citation

In text citation rules and examples

Exercise.  You will have to create a user name and password


Plagiarism

What is academic dishonesty?  Check out the RHS Student Handbook on this topic, pages 58-59.


Checklist for avoiding plagiarism

Interactive tutorial

 

Revision

    general

  formal writing    

creative writing


Revising Drafts- General Guide

CRISP method

 Guide to revising memoir

 
Guide to revising journalism

Essay Revision Step-by-Step


Guide to revising persuasive essays


  Guide to revising humor

Revising Fiction checklist

Guide to revising short fiction

Five tips for revising poems

Style Sheet for revising poetry

 

Presentation

Tutorial- preparing presentation slides

Tutorial- preparing charts and graphs

Tutorial- document design

MLA format and style guide

APA format and style guide

CMS manual of style

 






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