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Michael Jackman
Singer-Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, & Poet

Category: composition lessons

Better Signal Phrases for Research Writing

Overview In style guidelines for research writing we have the idea of efficiency. The concept is: to use the least amount of words necessary to be clear (don’t be wordy). to avoid saying what is unnecessary (don’t be redundant). Here in an example of an awkward signal phrase, or phrase that introduces...

the “free speech zone” is tough

In my class I’ve been working so hard to establish a “free speech zone,” but I think I goofed up when I pressed a student for evidence to back up some claims that police brutality is the same as it always has been. I believe I inhibited the students’ feeling...