Grammar Journal Week 2: Comma splices 8/29/16

| September 11, 2019

Grammar Journal Week 2: Comma splices 8/29/16 A comma splice is when a comma instead of a period connects two complete sentences. The other ways I can fix a comma splice besides replacing the comma with the period are to use a semicolon if the topics in the two sentences are very connected or I can follow the comma in question with a conjunctions like “and” or “but.” Here’s an example: I went to the party, it was a blast. (incorrect—comma splice) Correction possibilities: I went to the party; it was a blast. I went to the party. It was a blast. I went to the party, and it was a blast. I read about comma splices on because I had tons of comma splices in my assignments in high school, so I knew that was something I should start with. I think the best way for me to track these errors is to highlight every comma in my essays and then look on either side of the comma to make sure that I don’t have two complete sentences. ENG 198: Grammar Journal Assignment What?? The grammar journal is meant to be a place where students can share with me the individualized work they are completing in the area of grammar and usage. We will still have grammar assignments and help as a class on certain grammatical concepts, but your grammar journal is meant for the work you accomplish individually. Each weekly entry is due by SUNDAY of that week. At the end of the semester, you will have approximately 14 entries. This will be a large portion of your final grade for the class. How?? Please start a journal in our Canvas course by going to “Assignments” and scrolling to find the “Grammar Journal: ONE (TWO, THREE….etc.)” Each week, you will complete a journal entry through the journal assignment for that week in Canvas. Assignment Guidelines: a) You will submit at least one entry to your “grammar journal” assignment each week. b) Each entry should include a title and a date c) Each entry should show me how you are working to improve your skills in these areas. You can make your entry about any grammar, punctuation, etc. issue, but here are some ideas as to what you might include: • Grammatical rules reworded by you…DO NOT SIMPLY CUT AND PASTE • Links to websites, videos, and other materials you use. (Embed what you can.) • Questions you still have • Memory devices (mnemonic devices) • Analogies/Comparisons that help you understand a concept better • Quiz/assessment/OWL or English Grammar exercise results • Samples from your own writing that you revise. d) Each entry should have a 3-4 sentence “wrap up” that summarizes your understanding of the concept you are individually working on that week. A NOTE ON YOUR FIRST Grammar Journal Assignment (ONE): Please begin your grammar journal with a list of grammar/punctuation issues you are already aware that you need to work on. ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ Active vs. Passive Voice Affect vs. Effect Apostrophes Avoiding all “thing” words/avoiding vague word choice Avoiding redundancy in your word choice Basic parts of speech (there are eight…how accurately can you identify them?) Capitalization rules can not or cannot? Comma usage ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ Conciseness (cutting out wordiness) Dangling participles “Doubling up” (on verbs or adjectives) Em-dashes, hyphens, and the dash…what’s the difference? everyday vs. every day Fewer vs. Less Hyphenates I vs. me (e.g. my mother and I OR my mother and me?) Its vs. It’s Lie vs. Lay Me, myself, and I (when should I use them?) Misplaced modifiers MLA Heading format Overuse of 2nd person (you) Parallelism Personal pronouns (Is it yours or your’s? ones or one’s?) Pronoun/Antecedent Agreement Proper punctuation of dialogue Quotation integration (properly citing and working quotes into your own syntax) Reflexive pronouns (himself, herself, ourselves, themselves etc.) Run-on sentences & Comma Splices Spelling Strategies (especially for commonly misspelled… like GRAMMAR) Split infinitives Subject-verb agreement That vs. which Than vs. Then Title Conventions (properly punctuating titles of books, poems, etc.) To/too/two There/they’re/their Vague pronouns Verb tense shifts Who vs. whom Writing out numbers (1 or one?) ETC. …
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