Hollidaysburg Junior High. Writer’s Handbook. Table of Contents. The Writing Process Structuring Paragraphs and Essays Spelling Help Grammar and Usage Style. Click on any of the section titles above to go directly to that section. The Writing Process.
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My Favorite Vacation (title)
A. Organizing the group (subheading)
B. Gathering Supplies
2. Clothing (Details)
C. Physical Training
A. Arriving at our base camp
B. The first day on the trail
C. My big wreck
1. Trying to jump the log
2. Riding to the hospital
A. What my parents said
B. What I learned
Your main idea goes in the middle of the web, and all your other ideas branch out from that main idea.
The Big Trip
Organizing the group
The Big Wreck
Preparing for the Trip
My Favorite Vacation
What I learned
As a result
In addition to
thereforeSome Useful Transitions
IndependenceFrequently Misspelled Words
The ant climbed out of the picnic basket.
My Aunt Came over for Thanksgiving.
I ate my lunch.
I had eight chicken nuggets.
Use the brake to stop your bike.
Don’t break the new toy.
Can you get anything with one cent?
The scent of the flowers filled the room.
Mom sent me to the store.
The deer ran through the meadow.
My baby sister is very dear to me.
Did you hear that?
Bring that here!
The golf ball dropped right in the hole.
Can I have the whole pie?
I have a pair of shoes.
Is the pear ripe?
Pare the potatoes before you cook them.
It’s important to have principles to guide your actions.
The principal at out school is Mr. Wagner.
What role do you have in the play?
Put the hotdog on a roll.Homophones
Affect is a verb that means to impress change or influence
Effect is a noun that means the result of an action
All right means that everything is correct.
Alright is not a word in accepted usage.
Good is an adjective used to describe nouns and pronouns. “The soup tastes good.”
Well is an adverb that means to do something capably. “I did well on the test.”
There is an adverb showing location. Put it there.
There is a contraction of “they are.” They’re going too fast!
Their is a possessive pronoun. That is their house.
Whose is a possessive pronoun that shows ownership. Whose turn is it?
Who’s is a contraction of “Who is.” Who’s going to do the dishes?Frequently Confused Words
Got to (or have to)
What is up or What’s up
youSlang and Misused Expressions
“Yo! Waz up? Nuttin here. U wanna go to the mall later? Hafta go now. Later, Dude!”
Big as a whale
Quiet as a mouse
Hungry as an ox
At death’s door
Depths of despair
Grinning from ear to ear
One in a million
In the same boat
Easier said than done
Green with envy
Weigh a ton
On cloud nine
To make a long story short
Cried her eyes out
Busy as a bee
White as a ghost
Once in a lifetime
Raining cats and dogsClichés to Avoid