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Workshop Recordings & Materials

“Introduction to Writing WIEs and Capstones” January 24, 2018

https://lewisandclark.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=76160cfe-70bd-4aaf-a937-a85f012f7492

- Upper-division writing projects: introduction

- “Deconstructed” Capstone

- Sample writing checklist

- Upper-division writing requirements (from “What’s What”)

“Strategies for Writer’s Block” February 27, 2018

https://lewisandclark.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=c6362e7b-caae-4e09-8af7-a878012a26b8

- Writer’s block strategies

“Sentence-level Barriers to Communication” March 13, 2018

https://lewisandclark.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=def40af5-adb3-45a0-8707-a88f0167c6b2

- Editing checklist

- Indistinct subjects

“Microsoft Word Workshop” March 20, 2018

 

Print Resources for Grammar, Punctuation, and Style

Texas Law Review Manual on Usage & Style, (11th ed. 2011).  http://www.texaslrev.com/publications/mous

Alan L. Dworsky, The Little Book on Legal Writing (Rothman & Co. 1992).

Terri LeClercq, Expert Legal Writing (Univ. of Texas Press 1995). http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/lecexe.html

Deborah Bouchoux, Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers: A Practical Reference (Aspen Pub. 2004) (new edition is available as an eBook on Kindle).

William Strunk, Jr. & E.B. White, Elements of Style (4th ed. 1999).

Diana Hacker, A Writer’s Reference (7th ed., Bedford/St. Martin’s 2010).

 

Online Resources for Grammar, Punctuation, and Style

A Writer’s Reference, Diana Hacker’s online companion to the book mentioned above is an excellent resource for students, tutors, and teachers. The site has printable articles, grammar and punctuation exercises, and links to other resources. http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/writersref6e/Player/Pages/Main.aspx

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing offers tips and exercises on grammar, punctuation, word choice, and style. You can get tips via the website or via podcasts. http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/

GrammarBook.com is a provides rules, quizzes, and even videos to help writers with grammar, punctuation, and style issues. http://www.grammarbook.com/

The English Page offers clear explanations and examples of the parts of speech. The site also provides free grammar exercises. A unique feature of the site is the “listening lounge” where site viewers can listen to spoken English.  http://www.englishpage.com/

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (“OWL”) offers printable handouts on grammar, punctuation, and style, as well as quizzes for ESL learners.  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01 / 

 

Resources for Writing Law Review Articles, Capstone Papers, and Seminar Papers

 

Jessica L. Clark and Kristen E. Murray, Scholarly Writing: Ideas, Examples, and Execution (2nd ed., Carolina Academic Press 2012).

Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing (4th ed., Foundation Press 2010).

Elizabeth Fajans, Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes, and Law Review Competition Papers (4th ed., West 2011).  

Eugene Volokh, “Writing a Student Article,” 48 J. Legal Educ. 247 (1998).

Nancy Levit, Lawrence Duncan MacLachlan et al., “Submission of Law Student Articles for Publication” (July 26, 2010) (tips for getting published; available on SSRN).

 

Citation Resources

Darby Dickerson, ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation (3d ed., Aspen Pub. 2006). http://www.alwd.org/publications/citation_manual.html

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed., Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds., 2010).  www.legalbluebook.com

 

ESL Print Resources

Laurel Currie Oates & Anne Enquist, The Legal Writing Handbook, pp. 827-79 (4th ed., Aspen Pub. 2006).

Jill J. Ramsfield, Culture to Culture:  A Guide to U.S. Legal Writing (Carolina Acad. Press 2005).                                                                                                  http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9780890891186/Culture+to+Culture

Diane Hacker, “ESL Trouble Spots,” in A Writer’s Reference (7th ed., Bedford/St. Martin’s 2010).

 

ESL Online Resources

A Writer’s Reference, Diana Hacker’s online companion to the book mentioned above is an excellent resource for students, tutors, and teachers.  The site has exercises for ESL students, grammar and punctuation exercises, and links to other resources.  http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/writersref6e/Player/Pages/Main.aspx

The English Page offers clear explanations and examples of the parts of speech.  The site also provides free grammar exercises.  A unique feature of the site is the “listening lounge” where site viewers can also listen to spoken English.  http://www.englishpage.com/

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (“OWL”) offers printable handouts on grammar, punctuation, and style, as well as quizzes for ESL learners.  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

The University of North Carolina’s Writing Center provides online tools and handouts for ESL (as well as native-speaking) students.                                  http://writingcenter.unc.edu/resources/esl/online-tools

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