ENG 3U: Metacognition

Art of Writting via Flickr, by jma.work (This picture was taken in, of all places, a bookstore)

Metacognition is a fancy word that means thinking about thinking. Basically, this is the act of reviewing your own thoughts/learning, and reflecting on strategies that may further your growth.

Your goals for today are the following:

  • to review the feedback I’ve provided to you on Edmodo (or in person)
  • to work diligently on tasks related to the feedback
  • to write a paragraph response in Edmodo in which you clearly explain the tasks you completed, and strategies you will use to minimize the language errors that you have been making.
  • to conclude your Edmodo paragraph with the following:  “I have just demonstrated metacognition. This growth has given me a better understanding of effective communication and, quite possibly, made me a better person.”

Here are a list of websites you may consult. These websites feature interactive activities that should help you:

Terms: use this site to find out more about the fancy terms I’ve written on your work http://www.chompchomp.com/terms.htm.

Visit http://www.chompchomp.com/exercises.htm for activities about the following:

  • commas splices and fused sentences
  • fragments
  • irregular verbs
  • parallel structures
  • misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • apostrophes
  • commas
  • pronoun agreement
  • pronoun case
  • pronoun reference
  • subject-verb agreement
  • word choice (their, there,  and they’re, etc)

If you have ever been told that your writing style is too conversational or informal, try these exercises: https://download.elearningontario.ca/repository/1002443000/lol.swf. You will need a password from me.

Want to play a little Who Wants to be a Punctuation Expert? Try this:https://download.elearningontario.ca/repository/1088910000/Punctuation%20Expert.html. Get the password from me.

This website, http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz_list.htm, has too many activities to list. Of particular interest are the exercises about wordiness, transitions, and parallelism.

If you need to eliminate phrasal verbs from your formal sentences, experiment with some of the verbs found on these pages. Choose at least 10 verbs that you can use to replace the common ones you have been using, and write a sentence for each verb. http://ctl.utsc.utoronto.ca/twc/sites/default/files/Verbs.pdf http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~cainproj/writingtips/preciseverbs.html

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