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ENG 478 Lauri Dietz

Week 6

Peer Review
In your groups of two or three, take about 10 minutes to give each person some feedback on his or her Word Play page. As you provide feedback, consider the following issues: • Accuracy of the material • Appropriateness for the intended audience • Clarity • How design/multimedia features complement content

You will have about a half hour to work on revisions to your Word Play page. • Towards the end of the revision period, reconvene with your peer review group to determine who from your group will present his or her Word Play page to the class. Everyone else will present next week. • Presenters will have 5 minutes to showcase their Word Play pages and to explain how they designed them with their audiences in mind.

Identifying Clauses
Clause = Noun Phrase + Verb Phrase Step 1: Is it an independent or a dependent clause? Test: Can the entire clause stand alone as a sentence? If “yes,” it’s an independent clause.

Independent or Dependent?
Although this study of fourteen business people indicates a range of reactions to errors, the findings also reveal patterns of qualitative agreement.

Independent Clauses
Two or more independent clauses in one sentence can be connected with • A Coordinating Conjunction ( , + FANBOYS) • A semicolon • A colon

Which Type of Dependent Clause Is It?
Can I replace it with a pronoun? Y E S It’s a Nominal (Noun) Clause


Can I move it to the start or end of the independent clause? Y E S It’s a Subordinate (Adverbial) Clause


It’s a Relative (Adjectival) Clause

Which Type of Dependent Clause Is It?
For each sentence under Part II, identify • The independent clause(s) • The dependent clauses(s) • The type(s) of dependent clause(s)

Does the Dependent Clause Need a Comma? It’s Restrictive.
Is it a Nonrestricive Clause? Y E S


Does it come before or after the independent clause? A F T E R No comma needed.


It needs a comma.

It needs a comma.

Does the Dependent Clause Need a Comma?
For each sentence under Part III, insert the missing punctuation.

Using this system, teachers do not mark the correct errors; instead, they withhold or lower a grade until the student revises, reedits, and resubmits the paper for a new reading.

Since the teachers’ comments take the students’ attention away from their own original purposes, students concentrate more, as I have noted, on what the teachers commanded them to do than on what they are trying to say.

There’s an even more important way Descriptivists are wrong in thinking that the Scientific Method is appropriate to the study of language: Even if, as a thought experiment, we assume a kind of nineteenth-century scientific realism—in which, even though some scientists’ interpretations of natural phenomena might be biased, the natural phenomena themselves can be supposed to exist wholly independent of either observation or interpretation—no such realist supposition can be made about “language behavior,” because this behavior is both human and fundamentally normative.

Sentence Scrambler!
Work in pairs to place the clauses and phrases in an order that makes grammatical sense. Be sure to insert grammatically sound punctuation. It is possible, and it quite often happens, that students follow every comment and fix their texts appropriately as requested, but their texts are not improved substantially, or, even worse, their revised drafts are inferior to their previous drafts.