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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!

**If you are a disable student who needs assistance with any of these handouts, please contact David Charbonneau ( or Nicole Blean ( for further assistance.**


Non-Native English Speakers

Article Usage
Basic Sentence Patterns
Relative Clauses, Appositives, & Participles
How to Put Clauses Together (NEW: Pink Sheet)
Verb Tenses
Transition Words

Brainstorming, Planning, & Organizing your Essay

The Five Paragraph Essay Outline 
Thesis Generator
Research Essay Worksheet (outline)
Decoding Assignments
Writing a Personal Statement
NoodleTools Free Account


Annotated Bibliography 
Peer Reviewed Articles: How to Read Them & Why You Should
Quotations, Paraphrasing, and Paragraph Development 


The Introduction Paragraph
They Say/I Say: A Model for Developing Arguments and Thesis Statements
The MEAL Paragraph Plan 
The Five Paragraph Essay
The Conclusion Paragraph


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

Editing & Proofreading

Comma Splices and Run-ons
Commas for the Timid and Brave
Prepositional Phrases
Punctuation Patterns
Semi-colons, Colons, and Dashes

Style & Reference

Writing with Style: Parallelism
Logical Fallacies
Logos, Ethos, & Pathos
Harry Potter and the Participial Phrase
Harry Potter and the Absolute
“Paramedic Method": How to Make Sentences Clear and Concise

MLA Documentation

Integrating Sources and In-Text Citations
General Guidelines with Examples
General Formatting for Essays  
Practice Template
MLA (Made Easy) 8th Edition
MLA (Works Cited Page) 8th Edition

APA, ASA, & Chicago Documentation

General Formatting Guidelines (APA)
Integrating Sources & In-text Citations (APA)
Reference List (APA) 
Tricky APA Questions Answered! (APA)
Quick Tips for American Sociological Association (ASA)
Chicago Bibliography Author-Date (Chicago)
Notes Guideline (Chicago)