The following documents are regularly referenced and used in Mrs. Oualline’s Class. While I do provide class copies, you may download and print your own copy for individual use.

OUALLINE’S HELP DESK

This document is full of references for analysis, including a literary glossary, a glossary of allusions, information about archetypes, and lists of words for academic writing. Use the table of contents or the bookmarks in the PDF to easily jump to the part of the document you need.


GRAMMAR AND REVISION GUIDE

This document will provide you with resources for improving your essays. Topics include word choice, commas, fragments and run-ons, active vs. passive voice, and sentence variety.


EMBEDDING TEXT

Learning to embed textual evidence effectively is one of the most important writing skills you can develop. Learning to embed text naturally will improve the overall quality of your writing–an important skill for college-level writing.


FIX ITS

These are basic writing rules that you need to internalize and implement on all written assignments (even rough drafts). The expectation at the junior and senior level is that these surface errors become more and more infrequent as your writing skills develop.


INTROS AND CONCLUSIONS

Getting an essay starting and bringing an essay to a conclusion: these are the two things that students say they struggle with the most. This document will help you polish your introductions and conclusions.


THESIS AND TOPIC SENTENCES

Though you should be able to write a solid thesis statement and topic sentences by this point, a little refresher never hurts. If you are struggling with your thesis or if your topic sentences are weak and disconnected, this is a good stop to get you back on track with your essay.


SHAPING BODY PARAGRAPHS

Having trouble with body paragraphs? This outline will help you organize your ideas in a logical way and make sure that you have all of the relevant/necessary components for a quality body paragraph.