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Directed Learning Activities

A directed learning activity (DLA) is a set of exercises a student completes in order to improve a specific writing skill. DLAs are great because they cut to the chase of the issue you want to work on; there's nothing in a DLA unrelated to what you want to improve. Students looking to improve specific areas of their writing should consider the Writing Center's DLAs. Also, some students may be asked by their professors to come to the Writing Center to complete specific DLAs.

Once you've decided which DLA to work on, simply print out the information (see below) for the DLA you've chosen and begin. If you prefer, you can complete your work on the Word document. Or, if you come into the Center to complete your DLA, we can provide all the materials for you. Some DLA activities can be completed entirely from home, while others will require you to use some of the software in the Writing Center. If your DLA requires you to use our software, just remember to check our hours before coming in.

Once all activities in a DLA are complete, you will meet with a Writing Center tutor to make sure that you're on the right track. You can either schedule an appointment with a Writing Center tutor (at the WC Online website) or come into the Writing Center and place your name on the DLA Walk-In List in our computer lab. The tutor will look over your work and review any parts of the activities that might be improved. Please note that both the activities and meeting with a tutor are required to complete a DLA; not one or the other.

Click here for a current list of DLAs, organized by category

*DLAs marked with an asterisk (*) can be tutored online. Please make sure that if you would like to meet with a tutor online that you complete your work on the DLA Word document before the tutoring session begins. For help making an online DLA appointment, please click here or call (919) 274-5325.

DLA Name

Quizzes and Supplementary documents  Recommended for AmLa courses Recommended for English 67 and 68 courses   General Paragraph and Essay Writing Skills    Recommended for English 1A and 1C  Recommended for Paralegal Courses 
*Academic Writing Don'ts DLA
      x x  
*Adjective Clauses DLA
   x x      
*Ambiguous Pronoun Reference DLA
  x x      
Analysis Vs. Summary (New!)
       x  x  
*Analytical v. Persuasive Thesis Statements DLA
Supplement      x x  
*Annotated Bibliography DLA
        x  
*Apostrophes & Possessives DLA
Powerpoint x  x      
*Basic Sentence Patterns DLA
  x      
*California Case Citation
          x
*Comma Splices and Run-ons DLA
   x x      
*Comma Usage DLA
   x        
*Conclusions DLA
Sticks and Stones and Not Too Rich/Thin     x x  
*Conditionals DLA
   x        
*Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers DLA
    x      
*Editing out "To Be" Verbs DLA
      x x  
*Fragments DLA
   x x      
*Future Tenses DLA
   x      
*Integrating Sources DLA
Psychology Today Article       x  
*Introduction to California Citation
          x
*Introductions DLA
Introductory Paragraph Handout     x x  
Logical Fallacies (New!)
         x  
*Modals & Similar Expressions
   x        
MLA, 8th Edition (New!)
       x  x  
*Outlining the Essay DLA

Weight Lifting 101

Samples

    x x  
*Paragraph Development for English 67 and 68 DLA
      x    
*Parallelism DLA
      x x  
*Participial Adjectives DLA
   x        
*Parts of Speech DLA
   x x      
*Past Perfect & Past Perfect Progressive Tenses
  x         
*Past Tenses DLA
  x         
*Plagiarism DLA
Powerpoint    x  x  x  
*Prepositions DLA
   x x      
*Present Perfect & Present Perfect Progressive Tenses DLA
   x        
*Present Tenses DLA
   x        
*Pronoun Agreement DLA
Powerpoint   x      
*Reduced Adjective Clauses DLA
  x         
*Reduced Adverb Clauses
   x        
*Reverse Outlining

Maybe You Shouldn't

The World of Photography

   x  x  
*Subject-Verb Agreement DLA
   x x      
*Summary Skills for Academic Writing DLA
Six Tips for a Healthy Spring Break     x    
*The Passive Voice DLA
    x      
Thesis DLA *not available online
Thesis Statement PowerPoint    x  x  
*Transitions DLA
      x x  
*United States Code Citation
          x
*Verb Tense Shifts
   x x      
*Word Forms DLA
  x        

*DLAs marked with an asterisk (*) can be tutored online. Please make sure that if you would like to meet with a tutor online that you complete your work on the DLA Word document before the tutoring session begins. For help making an online DLA appointment, please click here or call (909) 274-5325.


Click here for a current list of DLAs, organized by course recommendation