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I have taught writing and literature for many years at the two-year college level. As an experienced English teacher, I have taught grammar and mechanics as well as paragraph unity and coherence. In addition, I am familiar with test-taking strategies that will help test-takers maximize their chances of doing well on the ACT. I have also tutored elementary and high school level students in literary interpretation and ACT preparation.As a published writer I have an active and working knowledge of steps in the writing process such as idea generation, drafting, revision, and proofreading.
We will focus upon close reading of the questions to make sure directions are understood and followed; grammatical structures such as parallelism; how to recognize the most concise sentence in a group. There will be supervised practice tests and immediate feedback. There will also be focused attention on areas that need improvement.
The student will learn appropriate word usage, such as the difference between such commonly confused words as "who's" and "whose," "there", "they're," and "their" and other troublemakers. The student will also learn to use commas and apostrophes, as well as less often used punctuation marks, according to the standard rules of punctuation.
The student will learn the rules of agreement,or proper matching of verb with subject and of pronoun with noun. He will be able to identify when to use "which" after a comma and when no comma before "which" is called for. These and other rules of English grammar and standard English usage will be covered.
How to speak and write about literary works. Often students have insights into novels or poems that they lack the confidence to express, but which others find interesting and persuasive once they are put into words. Learning how to articulate and support one's ideas about literary works, as well as practice in interpretation and explication, will be covered.
The ability to write clearly and coherently is still one of the most important skills one can have, both for personal satisfaction and career advancement. I have experience in employing and giving instruction in all stages of the writing process--generating ideas, forming a thesis, getting down a first draft, and in revising to form the best possible letter, school paper, article or story
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