Reflective Writing on Grammatical Errors Using Writer’s Help: My Common Errors Journal Assignment Objectives Track patterns of errors in your own writing Become an independent user of reference material about writing Reflect on your improvement Prompt Keep a journal in which you record the errors—grammar, punctuation, style—noted by peer reviews and by me (your instructor) in your writing. In your journal, include the following: The text that shows your error and correction How you discovered the error Which Writer’s Help page helped you correct it (See the tips below for using Writer’s Help.) The correction How you plan to avoid it in the future Example My Common Errors Journal entry 9/15/2011 Error: Bone also report that Americans spend only thirty minutes cooking dinner, compared with 2-1/2 hours in the 1960s. My peer reviewer Sally pointed out that this sentence didn’t sound right to her, and she thought the problem was the verb. So, I went to Writer’s Help and searched for verbs. The first result was the Quick Help document for subject-verb agreement (http://writershelp.bedfordstmartins.com/ebooks/helphandbook.php?page=5_1_1&fromLinkToPage=y es). The first example shows how the verb must match the subject even if words come between them, so I knew I needed “reports” (singular) rather than “report” (plural) to match Bone. Correction: Bone also reports that Americans spend only thirty minutes cooking dinner, compared with 2-1/2 hours in the 1960s. To avoid this error in the future, I will check the subject and verb of each sentence to make sure they agree. I need to remember that most singular verbs end in –s. Tips for Using Writer’s Help in the My Common Errors Assignment Create a tag set of your Common Errors so that you can easily locate the information again. NOTE: If you or your instructor would like for all class members to see the tag set in which you are tracking your common errors, please select “share with class.” Your tag set titled “My Common Errors: My Name” (as well as any peers who have done the same) will appear in the Your Class’s Tags section of the Your Class button in the right panel. To add a link to your journal as shown in the example above, use share-a-link.