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Rhetoric by Aristotle

The Forest of Rhetoric

Tropes and Schemes

Schemes and Tropes Flashcards

Language Glossary Flashcards

Multiple Choice Practice

Synthesis Essay Example

Released Free Response Prompts

AP's 2013 Essay Scoring Guidelines

Ethos, Pathos, Logos

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Rooting Out Words
Grammar Gorilla
Paint by Idiom
The Plural Girls
Scramble-saurus
Stay Afloat
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This is the archive for August 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Advanced Placement classes failing students - Stephanie Simon - POLITICO.com

"By STEPHANIE SIMON | 8/21/13 5:03 AM EDT
Taxpayers have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years to nudge more students into Advanced Placement classes, but a close look at test scores suggests much of the investment has been wasted. Expanding participation in AP classes has been a bipartisan goal, promoted by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and by Republican governors including Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and John Kasich of Ohio. In the last five years, the federal government has spent $275 million to promote the classes and subsidize exam fees for low-income students; states have spent many millions more."


Advanced Placement classes failing students - Stephanie Simon - POLITICO.com

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why -Harvard Business Review


"If you think an apostrophe was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, you will never work for me. If you think a semicolon is a regular colon with an identity crisis, I will not hire you. If you scatter commas into a sentence with all the discrimination of a shotgun, you might make it to the foyer before we politely escort you from the building. Some might call my approach to grammar extreme, but I prefer Lynne Truss"

I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why./a>

Monday, August 12, 2013

Read↔Write: 7 Grammar Rules You Really Should Pay Attention To


From The Week, 3/14/13:

These rules were not meant to be broken.

Semicolons should be used rarely, if at all. And beware dangling modifiers!

I recently wrote an article for TheWeek.com about bogus grammar "rules" that aren't worth your time. However, there are still plenty of legitimate rules that you should be aware of. Not following them doesn't make you a bad person or even (necessarily) a bad writer. I'm sure that all of them were broken at one point or another by Henry James, Henry Adams, or some other major author named Henry. Moreover, grammar is one of the least pressing problems when it comes to the poor state of writing today. In my new book, How to Not Write Bad: The Most Common Writing Problems and the Best Ways to Avoid Them, things like wordiness, poor word choice, awkwardness, and bad spelling which have nothing to do with grammar take up the bulk of my attention.

Read the rest, and read the comments, too.