Feb. 2 - Separate
Feb. 5 - Context is Essential to Interpretation
Feb. 6 - Write your first AND LAST name on everything you hand in. Remember to use conventional capitalization for names.
Feb. 7 - Date everything you do. Use a formal format for everything you hand in, e.g., February 7, 2018. (Do you know how to spell all the months of the year?)
Feb. 8 - Quiz day!


Here is a list of the Toadies (TOTD) we've done so far. You should have more thorough descriptions and explanations in your English binder.

September 2017

Sept. 8 - Date everything you do, even your notes. Put a title on everything you do, even your notes.
Sept. 11 - Write two titles on compositions you hand in: An inviting main title and an informative subtitle.
Sept. 12 - Format of date for formal writings
Sept. 14 - Use the MLA Manuscript Style for indicating paragraphs: indent 0.5" (tab) at the start of paragraphs; no extra blank line between paragraphs.
Sept. 18 - When in doubt, double-space
Sept. 19 - Conventional capitalization for titles
Sept. 22 - How to spell Canterbury High School correctly.
Sept. 25 - The word me is a perfectly good word: It should be used as the object of the verb. (misuse of the self-reflexive first person pronoun, myself)
Sept. 26 - Poor me! Use me as the object of the verb. (misuse of nominative case of first person pronoun, I)
Sept. 28 - Quotation marks around titles of short works
Sept. 29 - Underline or italicize titles of complete works
Oct. 2 - Please, no self-reflexive statements in your English essays--no self-conscious essays here!
Oct. 3 - "The reason...is because" is a stylistic error of redundancy, which is a type of wordiness.
Oct. 5 - Be Conscious of Context (1) In reading: This equips you to make logical inferences. (2) In writing: This helps you to say brilliant things (e.g., satire). (3) In succeeding in school: This helps you demonstrate how smart you are.
Oct. 12 - Be Conscious of Context
Oct. 13 - It's "based on" something else, not "based off of"!
Oct. 16 - Learn, Don't Memorize
Oct. 19 - The Conventional Way to Refer to Authors
Oct. 24 - "If I was" or "If I were the sun"? The Subjunctive Mood

TOMORROW, YOU HAVE A TOADIE QUIZ. To study, please take a few minutes to (1) read through your toads and then (because you are aware that that is not sufficient to really study) please (2) write a composition in which you GO OUT OF YOUR WAY to demonstrate your knowledge of each TOAD!

Nov. 3 - The is when error


These are old toads. You can work ahead by learning them if you want!

Mar. 9 - The expressions each other and a lot are each two words.
Mar. 10 - You can list things in sentence form! I gave you two structures you can use. One with a colon and one without. I informally taught you how to use colons.
Mar. 20 - More on lists! You learned how to use semicolons in a complex list.
Mar. 21 - practice (noun), practise (verb)
Mar. 27 - use of italics for words and expressions that are in another language.
Mar. 28 - empathic / empathetic
Mar. 30 - Redundancy: the reason is because
Mar. 31 - The "is when" error
Apr. 3 - compound words
Apr. 4 - misuse of "me", and nominative and accusative cases of the first person pronoun
Apr. 5 - misuse of "myself", and review of nom. and acc. cases of personal pronouns.
Apr. 6 - use of "who" and "whom" with a chart of nom. and acc. cases of personal pronouns that included plural forms.
Apr. 7 - Avoiding non sequiturs in your writing.
Apr. 10 - effect (noun) and affect (verb)
Apr. 11 - Don't comment on Shakespeare's motives because there is no proof. Don't comment on a character's motives unless you have evidence in the dialogue, i.e., in a soliloquy or aside.
Apr. 13 - Reduce quotations to their essential words and phrases. You can delete parts of quotations by using ellipses or an extra slash to replace a deleted line.
Apr. 18 - Elevated diction for academic writing
Apr. 19 - No referring to yourself; difference between opinion pieces and argument
Apr. 20 - Personal versus impersonal diction
Apr. 21 - There's an old rule about not using contractions in formal writing. Remember that you can still use apostrophes to show possession!
Apr. 24 - Avoid cliches, dead metaphors, and well-worn phrases (except when used for special effects).
Apr. 25 - Concision: What it is and how you achieve it.
Apr. 26 - Unity: What it is and how you achieve it.
Apr. 27 - Coherence: What it is and how you achieve it.
Apr. 28 - Structure: keep it balanced.