Through the peer feedback process you will have received feedback about at least one of the grammatical, mechanical, or stylistic problems exhibited in your writing. You will complete five Grammar Reports in total through this course, and each one will be posted to the Discussion Forum.
You should select the Grammar Report Topics that are most applicable to your challenges. If you have not received feedback on a specific weakness, complete a self-evaluation. Consider the topics included in your textbook. In particular, review the topics included in:
- Chapter two - Writing Basics: What Makes a Good Sentence?
- Chapter three - Punctuation
- Chapter four - Working with Words: Which Word is Right?
Each of the sub-topics in these chapter would make excellent topics for your Grammar Report, and this will provide a starting point for source material.
Your classmates will be the audience for your Grammar Report. And your job is to teach your classmates (and yourself) how to identify and correct your grammatical, mechanical, or stylistic error by understanding and applying the specific rule of grammar, mechanics, or style to your problem. Refer to Topic 3.3: Matters Of Grammar, Mechanics, And Style for the readings and resources you may need to diagnose your problem.
1. Your Grammar Report should explain in your own words the topic you researched. Please do not copy and paste information into your report as the goal is to research the information, absorb the information, and communicate it as you understand it (using proper terms of course). If you have not researched the information thoroughly, you will find this part difficult, so work to understand why you are doing what you are doing in your writing and explain to your audience how to avoid the pitfalls of that error.
2. You should include at least two examples of incorrect usage from your own writing and focus on teaching your classmates (and yourself) proper usage. For every incorrect usage example, you must correct the example so others can see how to "fix" the problem. All other examples (and corrections) you provide must be of your own creation and not copied from any of your research sources. (This portion will be worth 40 points: two incorrect examples and two correct examples minimally.)
3. Make sure you cite the assignment from which your personal example is being drawn (from forums, the Diagnostic Essay, or a rough draft). Additionally, you should cite any sources that you used to research your grammar/syntax/style errors. This report should be a brief piece of writing of no more than two pages typed and double-space (maximum 500 words). If you are not sure how to cite your source, consult the MLA Formatting and Style Guide The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).
4. Post your Grammar Report to the appropriate Discussion Forum.