Instructional Materials for Craig White's Literature Courses




Dr. White's Homepage

Terms Index

Essay Organization

Unity / continuity / transition

Thesis statement / Topic Sentences / Supporting Sentences checklist

Paragraph structure


Comparison-Contrast essay organizations

Problem-Analysis-Solution essay organization

Rewriting & Revision: principles & practices

"The Essay, an Exercise in Doubt"

Writing More while maintaining quality


active and passive voice

dangling modifier

expletive syntax (or "empty-subject" clauses)

metaphorical consistency

strong nouns and verbs as keys to good writing

that or which?

who or whom?

Mechanical, punctuation, and grammatical issues

punctuation overview

grammar, syntax, & mechanics


Colons & Semicolons (: & ;)

Comma, semicolon, or period after "however" or "therefore"


dash or hyphen?

Dropped Quotations

ellipses ( . . . )

its or it's?

Run-On Sentences: What are they? How to correct them?

Space Invaders: Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period.


Editing marks and common surface errors



Primary, Background, & Secondary Research

MLA documentation

APA documentation

Principles of documentation




Grading standards

Index to literary terms

History of English

Teaching Literature with Religion 

Annie Murphy Paul, “Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer.” Time 3 June 2013