Mini-Lessons

Mini-lessons are actually worksheets on targeted errors students have made in their composition(s). Mini-lessons are designed to help students become more active in their own writing improvement. Mini-lessons help Writing Lab assistants teach students certain grammatical concepts in the context of their own writing so that students learn to write not only fluidly but also correctly.


1. Abbreviations
2. Active and Passive Voice
3. Adverbs and Adjectives: bad and badly
4. Adjectives and Adverbs: with transitive and intransitive verbs
5. Adjectives and Adverbs: with linking/sense verbs
6. Adjectives and Adverbs: real and really
7. Agreement: 'a number of' versus 'the number of' and 'the percentage of'
8. Agreement: simple problems
9. Agreement: gerunds as subjects
10. Agreement: indefinite pronouns
11. Agreement: compound subjects
12. Agreement: collective nouns
13. Agreement: media, data, criteria, etc.
14. Agreement: singular subjects with plural forms
15. Agreement: subjects preceded by each, every, and many a
16. Agreement: subjects and complements
17. Agreement: there and here beginning a sentence
18. Agreement: intervening word groups
21. Brackets versus parentheses
22. Capitalization of academic classifications, courses, and degrees
23. Capitalization of titles: professional, military, literary works, newspapers, and magazines
24. Capitalization of personal names, nicknames, animals’ names, hyphenated proper names, familial names, and personification
25. Capitalization of political groups, departments, organizations
26. Capitalization of races, nationalities, and species
27. Capitalization of religious denominations, events, groups, terms, and references
28. Capitalization of days of the week, months, holidays and other events, seasons
29. Capitalization of compass directions versus geo-graphical areas
30. Capitalization of trade names
32. Colons
33. Comma splices and run-on sentences
34. Commas with compound sentences and compound elements
35. Commas with dates and geographic units
36. Commas with degrees and titles
37. Commas with introductory elements
38. Commas with items in a series and coordinate modifiers
39. Commas with quotations
40. Commas with nonrestrictive elements
41. Commas with sentence tags, conjunctive adverbs, parenthetical elements, and interrupters
42. Commas with sentence tags, contrasting elements, and words in direct address (vocatives)
44. Conversational English: slang, colloquialisms, clichés, etc.
45. Comparisons: comparative versus superlative degrees
46. Comparisons: omission of as, other, any, and else in comparisons
47. Comparisons: illogical, ambiguous, and incomplete
48. Dangling Modifiers
52. Diction: 'Alot' and 'Alright'
53. Diction: 'All ready' and 'Already'
54. Diction: 'Amount' and 'Number'
55. Diction: in regards to, imply versus infer, irregardless, hopefully
56. Diction: kind of, could of, etc.
57. Diction: lead and led; loose and lose
58. Diction: principal and principle
59. Diction: supposed to and used to
60. Diction: then and than
61. Diction: to, too, and two; there, they’re, and their; your and you’re
62. Diction: a and an
63. Diction: like vs. as
64. Ellipses
65. Faulty Predication: is when. . ., is where. . ., and reason. . . is because
66. Fragments
67. Hyphens
68. Idioms
69. Its, It’s, and Its’
70. Italics/Underlining with titles and words
71. Misplaced modifiers
72. Numbers
73. Parallelism: and who, and so, and and which statements
74. Parallelism: mixed series
75. Parallelism: correlative pairs
76. Plurals: singular versus plural nouns (including foreign plurals)
77. Plurals: letters, numbers, symbols, time periods
78. Pronoun Case: with comparisons
79. Pronoun Case: nominative case
80. Pronoun Case: objective case
81. Pronoun Case: who and whom, whoever and whomever
82. Pronoun Case: reflexive pronouns
84. Broad Pronoun Reference: misuse of which, this, that, and it
85. Vague Pronoun Reference: unexpressed antecedents and ambiguous and implied references
86. Pronoun Reference: Use of which, where, who, whose, and that
88. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
89. Possessives with gerunds
90. Possessive pronouns versus contractions
91. Possessives: singular nouns
92. Possessives: plural nouns
93. Quotation marks with other marks
94. Quotation marks with titles and words
95. Semicolons
96. Subjunctive Mood
97. Verb Forms: -ed endings
98. Verb Forms: go, do, see, write, begin, etc.
99. Verb Forms: lie and lay, sit and set, rise and raise
100. Verb Tenses: present tense for literature, facts, and definitions
101. You: Irregular Use