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Advanced Composition worksheets on a variety of topics, suitable for high school and college study. (all by Brad Hyde; ęcopyright School District 40). You have permission to use them, unaltered, in your classroom. Many contain links to student and teacher sample paragraphs, essays, or stories. This class is no longer offered at the PALC.

Final Lesson: Using Adverbs to Compare: More and Most
Vigorous Verbs: Increase your Writing Power 
(April 21, 2005)
Adverb Clauses and "As" 
(April 14, 2005)
Four Ways to Begin an Essay 
(April 7, 2005)
Four Ways to End an Essay 
(March 31, 2005)
Expanding a Paragraph into an Essay 
(March 24, 2005)
Writing the Body Paragraph 
(March 17, 2005)
How Teachers Mark Your Essays 
(March 10, 2005)
Pretty Parallels: Capturing a Reader's Eye 
(March 3, 2005)
Writing an Essay: Discuss and Write 
(February 24, 2005)
Writing an Essay: My Favourite Writing Lessons 
(February 17, 2005)
Using the Five Senses in Description (Adding Detail) 
(February 10, 2005)
Four Rules for Good Descriptive Writing 
(February 3, 2005)
Coordination and Conjunctions 
(January 27, 2005)
Using Infinitives as Nouns and Adjectives 
(January 20, 2005)
The Three Most Important Rules of Writing 
(January 13, 2005)
Preparing for the Certificate Tests: Process Essay 
(November 4, 2004)
How to Do It: The Process Paragraph 
(October 28, 2004)
Comparing and Contrasting: Plan A or B ? 
(October 21, 2004)
Using Metaphor 
(October 14, 2004)
Writing a Persuasive Paragraph 
(October 7, 2004)
Writing for an Audience 
(September 23, 2004)
Classifying our Errors: Enhancing Revision 
(September 16, 2004)

What is CSFM? 
(May 19, 2004)

The Best Topic Sentences 
(May 12, 2004)

Index Cards as a Writing Tool 
(May 5, 2004)

Revision of Student Writing: Workshop 
(April 28, 2004)
Examining the Great Writers 
(April 21, 2004)
Stephen King's Advice: Read a Lot; Write a Lot 
(April 14, 2004)
Noun Clause as Object of a Sentence 
(April 7, 2004)
Adding Sights and Sounds: Expanding into an Essay 
(April 1, 2004)
The Nose Knows: Remembering Smell in Writing 
(March 24, 2004)
Finding their Reaction: Reader-Based Questions 
(March 18, 2004)
Finishing Up: Writing the Conclusion 
(March 11, 2004)
Writing the Body Paragraph Well 
(March 3, 2004)
Revising the Title, Introduction and Thesis 
(February 25, 2004)
Reviewing Essay Structure 
(February 18, 2004)
Revising for Conciseness: Group Workshop 
(February 11, 2004)
Sharing our Work on Showing and Telling 
(February 4, 2004)
On with the Show! Showing versus Telling 
(January 28, 2004)
Revision 
(January 21, 2004)
The Three Most Important Rules for Writing 
(January 14, 2004)
The POWER Formula for Writing Essays 
(Nov. 25, 2003)
Coordination and Conjunctions 
(November 12, 2003)
Sequence of Tenses: Simple Present 
(November 5, 2003)
Four Ways to End an Essay 
(October 22, 2003)
Four Ways to Begin an Essay 
(October 15, 2003)
Reviewing the Essay's Body Paragraph 
(October 8, 2003)
Examining the Example
Is it Specific and Complete? 
(October 1, 2003)
Developing an Essay Topic 
(September 24, 2003)

What's Your Best Sentence? 
(May 28, 2003)
Writing for an Audience 
(May 14, 2003)
 The Specific is Terrific 
(April 30, 2003)
Four Ways to End an Essay 
(April 16, 2003)
Four Ways to Begin an Essay 
(April 9, 2003)
 Turning Topics into Threes 
(April 2, 2003)
 Student Self Assessment 
(March 12, 2003)
 Revision Workshop 
(March 5, 2003)
PALC.net Student Writers 
(February 26, 2003)
Writing Comparison Contrast 
(February 19, 2003)
Describing a Person (February 12, 2003) Four Rules of Description (February 5, 2003)
What Makes a Good Paragraph?, January 29, 2003 Class Introduction, January 22, 2003
How to Emphasize with Sentences, November 13, 2002 Remembering Smells: 
Using Your Nose in Writing, November 6 and 7, 2002
Quality Ingredients Make a Witch's Brew: Writing on Hallowe'en, October 30, 2002 Putting it Together: Conjunctive Adverbs and the Semicolon, October 23, 2002
Putting it Together: Coordination and Conjunctions, October 16, 2002 How to Do It: The Process Paragraph, October 9, 2002
It's All in the Details: Writing a Good Example, October 2, 2002 Topic Sentences? Good Rules to Follow, September 25, 2002
Who am I? A Writer! September 18, 2002 Pretty Parallels: More than Just a List, May 9, 2002
Writing for an Audience
May 2, 2002
April 25, 2002
Using Passive Voice
April 18, 2002
Using Metaphor
April 11, 2002
To Comma or Not Comma: That is the Question!
March 14, 2002
Essay Evaluation Workshop
March 7, 2002
Expanding a Paragraph into an Essay
February 28, 2002
Is That a Comparison or a Contrast?
February 21, 2002
Adjective + Preposition + Gerund
February 14, 2002
In Honour of Saint Valentine: Using Vigorous Verbs
February 7, 2002
Degrees of Comparison: Harder or Hardest?
January 30, 2002
Using the Semicolon (Wisely and Well)
November 15, 2001
Topics in Threes: Dividing Ideas
November 8, 2001
Writing a 500 Word Test Essay
October 31, 2001
Commas: Appositives and Quotations
October 25, 2001
Making the Dash Work for You
October 18, 2001
The World: Changed Forever? (Comparison)
October 11, 2001
Descriptive Writing: Writing about a Place
October 4, 2001
Using the Infinitive as Noun
September 27, 2001
Using the Gerund Noun
May 31, 2001
Writing a Test Essay: Live Demonstration
May 17, 2001
Verbs followed by Gerund or Infinitive
May 10, 2001
Coordination and Subordination
May 3, 2001
Turning Topics into Threes
April 26, 2001
Adverb Clauses and "As"
April 19, 2001
On Being Specific
April 12, 2001
Writing about Having Lunch in a Public Setting
April 5, 2001
The Importance of Metaphor
March 29, 2001
Adverbial Time and the Present Perfect
March 15, 2001
"Ins and Unders": Using Prepositional Phrases
March 8, 2001
Sequence of Tenses: Simple Present
March 1, 2001
Could I or Can I: Using Modals
February 22 2001
A Paragraph Boilerplate
February 15, 2001
In Honour of Saint Valentine's
February 8, 2001
What's Your Best Sentence?
February 1, 2001
Painting a Vivid Picture: Description
January 25, 2001
Writing the Good Example
January 18, 2001
How to Write a Good Paragraph
November 29, 2000
Writing a Successful Test Essay

November 16, 2000
Topics in Three: Dividing Ideas
November 9, 2000
Easily Confused Words
November 2, 2000
Using Infinitives as Nouns and Adjectives
October 19, 2000
Revision: Try it Yourself
October 12, 2000
Revising the Essay: Live Demonstration
October 5, 2000
Writing the Essay: Live Demonstration
September 28, 2000
Remembering Smells: Smell in Writing
June 1, 2000
Writing is Like (Use of Metaphor)
May 25, 2000
The Long and Short of It
May 18, 2000
The Audience
May 11, 2000
Uses of Would
May 4, 2000
Uses of Passive Voice
April 27, 2000
Using Adjective Clauses
April 20, 2000
Using the Colon
April 13, 2000
Using Parallel Structure
April 6, 2000
Description Practice
Mar. 23, 2000
Using Specific Verbs
Mar. 9, 2000
Showing versus Telling
Mar 2, 2000
Comparison-Contrast Paragraphs
Feb 24, 2000
Using Indefinite Pronouns
Feb. 17, 2000
Using the Infinitive
Feb 10, 2000
Using the Gerund
Feb 3, 2000
The Past Unreal
Jan 27, 2000
Extended Definition: Paragraph
Jan 17, 2000
Topic Sentences
Nov 18, 1999
Thoughts on the Millennium
Nov 4, 1999
How to: The Process Paragraph
Oct 28, 1999
How to Emphasize with Sentences
Oct 21, 1999
Classification Paragraphs
Oct 14, 1999
The Importance of Metaphor
Oct 7, 1999
Four Rules of Description
Sept 30, 1999
Correlative Conjunctions
Sept 23, 1999
 Conjunctive Adverbs and the Semicolon
Sept 16, 1999
Coordination and Conjunctions