Friday, September 21, 2012

Blog 4

Something that I need to be really careful of in my writing is comma splices. Yesterdays lessons was very much beneficial to me, and although I had been taught these rules before, a reminder lesson is always useful. We talked about how sometimes we write the same way we speak, but academic writing should not be like the way we speak. Because so much of our writing is now informal, such as email or twitter, students can fall into the habit of always writing informally. I must remember to keep the audience and the type of writing in mind, for if I write a academic essay the same way I write email, I will run into a low grade, or even a failing one. Since the internet has become so popular and continues to become more popular, this problem of informal writing will probably continue. If the assignment calls for informal writing, as I have seen, then the student can write how they usually speak, yet this is not as common as formal academic writing assignments. Unfortunately many young students are not very good at formal academic writing, nor do they see the need to improve at it.  Before we had the internet, academic writing was about all there was, but that is not the case anymore, so we need to make sure our students understand the differences between formal and informal writing as we continue moving forward with technology.


  1. I used to have problems with comma splices too. I didn't know where I have to put commas while using coordinating and subordinating conjuctions. Knowing the rules while writing and reading other's pieces of writing help you to grasp the meaning of each sentence and realize where a comma must be put. I also agree with you when you mentioned the influence of the Internet. We must show our students the different styles and guide them through their process of writing.

  2. I love that you used a BECAUSE clause at the opening of one of your sentences, Taylor. Also note, though, that in this sentence
    I will run into a low grade, or even a failing one.

    you wouldn't put a comma before that OR because you're not conjoining two sentences, just compounding objects of the prepositions.

    And good job putting commas after your introductory subordinate clauses. You're totally consistent.