Writing History Exercises by Catherine Johnson and Katherine Beals
Use these instructions for exercises 1.1 and 1.2.
The phrases below can be combined into at least four different sentences. Create two possibilities, inserting commas where necessary to make your meaning clear. Then transcribe it from memory.
Combine the two sentences below using a comma and the word "and."
Combine the THREE sentences below into one. Use the word "Luther" just once, and do not use the word "he." (You’ll need to add a FANBOYS.)
Combine the sentences below using a FANBOYS and the words "Calvin," "he," and "them."
Combine the sentences using a FANBOYS and the words "Calvin" and "them" but not "he."
Combine the two sentences below.
Combine the three sentences below into one.
In this exercise, order the conjuncts to emphasize the most important information.
Unscramble the sentence below and transcribe it from memory onto a separate piece of paper. Original punctuation included.
Combine the sentences by replacing the underlined words with “that.”
Combine the sentences by placing although in front of “the British economy” and inserting a comma after “French.”
Combine the sentences in the opposite order, inserting "although" after "the English Channel." The comma is optional.
Combine by placing “although” before the first sentence and a comma after “slaves.”
Combine the three sentences below by replacing the underlined words with that and who. Add a comma after “the Spanish people.”
Identify the real thesis statement
Write a set of supporting-idea sentences for each thesis statement
Use the old-to-new principle to choose the version of Sentence 2 that best follows Sentence 1.
Instructions: Reconstruct the paragraphs.
Reconstruct the paragraphs.
Order the sentences below in the order in which you believe they appeared in the original.
In the exercise that follows, you will reconstruct the order of paragraphs in a student paper written for a survey course in Modern European History.
Use one or more noun phrases to combine the sentences below, including punctuation as needed. Often, more than one combination is possible.
Shorten – or “reduce” – the underlined clauses to phrases.
Combine each set of sentences by replacing the underlined words with a noun phrase.
Use passive voice, it-shifts, and what-shifts to add emphasis as indicated.
Use passive voice and what-shifts to create flow, readability, and focus
Use parallelism to revise the sentences.
Use parallelism to omit words
Find and correct the punctuation mistakes in the sentences.
Correct sentence fragments.
Eliminate dangling modifiers.
Eliminate subtle danglers