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An Archaeology of Grammar

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Rochelle Harris

on 6 November 2012

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An Archaeology of Grammar ... ...and syntax and punctuation ... and, well, sentences and stuff The Technique: You'll need a highlighter or marker.
On 2 pages of your essay, you will highlight/mark each grammar, syntax, or punctuation element we discuss.
After you mark these, use your knowledge, handbook, and/or online sources to check for: 1) correctness and 2) rhetoric. Alert: Grammar is Rhetorical?! 1. The first word of each sentence. 2. Verbs 3. Commas 4. Semicolons 6. One element of your choice http://www.mangolanguages.com/blog/language-theory/syntax-%E2%80%93-it%E2%80%99s-not-another-tax-on-beer/ http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/verbs.htm http://www.zazzle.com/save_the_semicolon_bumper_sticker-128103902016338737 http://staff.esuhsd.org/danielle/english%20department%20lvillage/informational.html http://theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon http://www.unc.edu/~dcderosa/Draftworkshops/tobeverbs.html http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/concise.htm http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/607/02/ tense?
repetition?
non-restrictive phrases?
colons?
apostrophes?
dashes? http://iwanttobeagrammargoddess.blogspot.com/2011/04/punctuation-comma.html What patterns did you find?
What changes do you need to make for correctness?
What changes can you make for style and persuasion? Reflections? Try ... flipping the halves of the sentence ...
or starting with a word deeper in the sentence
... or deleting that word and re-wording the sentence. Try ... using a stronger verb ... or
shortening several verbs to one strong verb
... or rewording the sentence after deleting:
am, is, are, was, were, been, have, has, had. Try ... making sure each comma is correct by matching it to a comma rule ... and looking at places with NO commas to see if you need one ... and considering if different punctuation or sentence combination would be more persuasive. Try ... combining two connected sentences ...
or adding detail to items in a series ... or using a
conjunctive adverb to transition between sentences. by: Rochelle Harris
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