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English Composition Resource

Do you need help with your writing?  Do you still need to pass the CAHSEE in English?  Use this resource to learn all about the writing process, grammar and style, and citations (for research writing).  Take notes on the topics that interest you and include some practice writing in your notes.  For example, you could take notes on how to write a Thesis Statement and then practice by writing several of your own thesis statements in your notes.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab

Grammar and Writing Concepts

Syntax

 

Subject-Verb Agreement

 

Verb Tense and Conjugation

 

Parts of Speech

 

Phrases and Clauses

 

Objective and Nominative Pronouns

 

Spelling

 

Plural v. Singular

 

Thesis Statement

 

Three-Part Essay Structure

 

Types of Essays

 

 

 

Famous Authors

William Shakespeare

 

Mark Twain

 

Maya Angelou

 

Charles Dickens

 

The Bronte Sisters (Charlotte, Emily, and Ann)

 

Geoffrey Chaucer

 

Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

Edgar Allen Poe

 

Robert Frost

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

John Steinbeck

 

Harriet Beacher Stowe

 

 

 

 

Types of Literature

Fiction (made-up) - often called Prose

Magical Realism

Historical Fiction

Romance

Action-Adventure

Crime

Fantasy

Horror

Mystery

Science Fiction

Western

 

Non-Fiction (true)

Biography

Autobiography

Historical

Expository Text

Documentary

 

Poetry

Haiku

Sonnet

Ode

Lyric Poetry

Epic Poem

Narrative

Free Verse

Blank Verse

 

Drama (Plays)

Farce

Comedy

Tragedy

 

 

 

Literature Notes

Are you taking notes on literature (stories, novels, poems, etc...)?  Then this resource is for you!  Check out this worksheet for ideas on what to include in your notes for literature.

 

How to Take Notes on Literature

Dialectical Journal

Are you finding it difficult to take traditional Cornell Notes on Literature or are you ready to try something new?  A dialectical journal might be a better option for you.  Click on the link below to see a sample dialectical journal.  You can also combine the Dialectical Journal with Cornell Notes by recording quotes in the left column for part of your notes and review questions in the left column for other parts.

Sample Dialectical Journal