Exercises & Examples for the Early College Classroom
• MLA In-Text Citation Overview
• Analyzing Argumentative Writing
• Writing with Structure Exercises
• Steps to Writing an Academic Paper
This resource is a set of supplemental materials for academic composition at the college level.
Focused on providing instruction for writing structured paragraphs, this resource offers a number of activities that model the standard academic paragraph and demonstrate how to incorporate citations as evidence into an original paragraph.
MLA in-text citations are modeled and practiced throughout.
- A brief, graphic overview of the essential elements of MLA in-text citation
- A sample argumentative essay with accompanying study questions looking at thesis, transitions, using evidence in academic writing, citations of various types of material (statistics, news reports, etc.) and citations of varying modes (direct quotation and paraphrased citation)
- A series of exercises that move students from re-engineering whole, structured paragraphs to generating original paragraphs using provided materials to cite.
- An overview of a step-by-step approach to writing academic essays that require research (There are many ways to approach the writing process. This is just one.)
- Answers and notes on likely student responses are included as well as a brief quiz (with answers) on the steps to writing an academic paper
The goal of this supplemental packet is to provide a roadmap for students that simplifies the writing process according to a sturdy, structural view of the academic paragraph.