English Department Writing Center

English IV

Writing Center: English IV

Objectives for the English IV Grammar and Composition Program

I. Grammar
In Correct Writing, the students review some of the same exercises as English III, placing stronger emphasis on stylistic errors including subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, parallelism, passive voice, dangling modifiers, unclear pronouns, too much coordination, illogical subordination, and diction.

II. Composition
The objectives in English IV are similar to English III with greater emphasis on independent thinking in all stages of the theme process: topic derivation, pre-writing, outlining, drafting, editing, and documentation. Students are urged to work independently on their thesis statements and outlines. By now, the student should have a solid writing process (pre-writing, formal outlines, drafting, editing, proper documentation). Though matters of form are still evaluated, the content and logic of the essays take precedence. Most of the major themes are expository, but some teachers include a memoir, narrative, or another assignment. Some teachers finish the year with a senior project that reviews techniques of writing and documenting a lengthy essay, along with updating research skills.

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