A Writer's Guide: Handouts & Activities

We have created this page to help you with your writing when you can't come into the center to see a tutor. Here you will find a guides, activities, and handouts that will help you with many aspects of the writing process. Click on any of the underlined titles to open up the according document.  Please feel free to download and print any resources you find here that will assist you in improving your writing!

Brainstorming, Planning, and Essay Organization

Eight Searching Tools    
The Five Paragraph Essay Outline 
Research Essay Worksheet  


The Introduction Paragraph
Thesis Generator
They Say/I Say: A Model for Developing Arguments and Thesis Statements
Transitions and Words That Show Logical Relationships
The MEAL Paragraph Plan
Quotations, Paraphrasing, and Paragraph Development
The Five Paragraph Essay
The Conclusion Paragraph
Logos, Ethos and Pathos


Reverse Outlining
Revision as a Reader
11 Tips to Improve Your Writing

What Does My Professor Really Want?
Logical Fallacies

Editing and Proofreading

Comma Splices and Run-ons
Commas for the Timid and Brave
Harry Potter and the Absolute

Harry Potter and the Participial Phrase

Prepositional Phrases
Relative Clauses (page 1)
Relative Clauses (page 2)
Semi-colons, Colons, and Dashes
Sentence Boundaries: Fixing Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices
The Paramedic Method: Making Sentences Clear and Concise
Verb Tenses

MLA Documentation

General Formatting Guidelines
Integrating Sources &
MLA In-text Citations
Works Cited Page
More Works Cited Page Help

APA Documentation

General Formatting Guidelines
Integrating Sources & APA In-text Citations
Reference List
Tricky APA Questions Answered!

Chicago Style Documentation


Bibliographic Guideline
Notes Guideline