English Composition 2

Writing Resources

The resources linked below are designed for students in the course and should be especially useful as you are working on writing assignments.

Guidelines for All Essays

  1. The Proper Format for Essays
  2. Inserting Headers into Essays
  3. Expectations for All Essays
  4. IVCC's Grading Standards for Student Essays
  5. Evaluation and Grading Criteria for Essays
  6. Getting Started on Essays
  7. The Writing Process: Tips from Students

Sample Essays and Checklists

  1. Revision Checklist
  2. Checklist: Organization and the Support and Development of Ideas
  3. Checklist: Style and Mechanics
  4. Checklist: Using Online Sources
  5. An Excellent Student Essay on Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown"
  6. A Sample Research Paper

Thesis, Organization, the Support and Development of Ideas

  1. The Thesis Statement
  2. Organizing and Developing Persuasive Essays
  3. Organizing and Developing Persuasive Paragraphs
  4. Bad Paragraph / Good Paragraph: Writing Effective Persuasive Paragraphs
  5. Effective Argumentation with Claims, Evidence, and Warrants

Punctuation, Grammar, Word Choice

  1. Identifying and Correcting Errors
  2. Integrating Quotations into Sentences
  3. Using Quotations Properly
  4. Commas
  5. Four Comma Rules
  6. Semicolons
  7. Checklist: Style and Mechanics


  1. Integrating Quotations into Sentences
  2. Formal Writing Voice
  3. "Words, Words, Words"
  4. Using Specific and Concrete Diction
  5. Checklist: Style and Mechanics

Writing Papers with Sources

  1. Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
  2. Citing Sources
  3. Preparing a Works Cited Page
  4. Using Secondary Sources Effectively
  5. Using Note Cards
  6. Paragraph on Antigone with MLA Citation and Documentation
  7. Paragraph on James Joyce's "Eveline" with Secondary Sources and MLA Documentation
  8. Using Quotations, Paraphrases, and Summaries
  9. Avoiding the Five Most Common Problems with Research Papers
  10. Sample Research Paper on a Play
  11. Sample Research Paper on Thematic Connections in Literature

Evaluation of Essays

  1. Evaluation and Grading Criteria for Essays
  2. Expectations for All Essays
  3. IVCC's Grading Standards for Student Essays
  4. Rubric for Essays

Other Web Sites

  1. Guide to Grammar and Writing
  2. Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
  3. University of Richmond's Writer's Web
  4. Guide to Writing a Basic Essay
  5. IVCC's Style Book
  6. William Strunk, Jr.'s Elements of Style

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