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The Purdue OWL offers global support through online reference materials and services. In this resource, you'll learn how to write about the visual choices that directors make to craft cinematic masterpieces.
Need Help Navigating the New Site?The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. At school, I loved maths/science and hated English. My writing was bad. I felt stupid because all the other kids used long words.
Then a few years ago, a good friend of mine, who is a confidence coach, simply told me I was much better understood by others because I used plain and simple words.
none of these pompous long words.
Paragraphs & Topic Sentences. A paragraph is a series of sentences that are organized and coherent, and are all related to a single topic. Almost every piece of writing you do that is longer than a few sentences should be organized into paragraphs. Return to Joe's Home.
Return to Writing Page. Write Perfect Paragraphs with the PREP Method P: Start with the main POINT of your paragraph The first sentence is usually called a "topic sentence".
The Guide to Grammar and Writing contains scores of digital handouts on grammar and English usage, over computer-graded quizzes, recommendations on writing -- from basic problems in subject-verb agreement and the use of articles to exercises in parallel structures and help with argumentative essays, and a way to submit questions about grammar and writing.
Writing Fabulous Sentences and Paragraphs is a good example of a helpful workbook. The exercises are brief and provide lots of opportunity for open ended response. My .