Dr. and Mr. Ferg's English Classes

Ouachita Parish High School

Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window
William Faulkner
Writing Helps
11 Rules of Writing These guidelines are foundation concepts for good writing and will be used in all of my classes! Read and learn these rules to become an excellent writer. It’s easier than you think.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) All sorts of helps for writing, grammar, and usage.
Bibme Make creating your works cited page easy!
citationmachine Make creating your works cited page easy!
Turnitin Our class site for plagiarism check
Paperrater Free site (mostly!) for plagiarism check before you turn your paper in to turnitin.com. Besides telling you if you have anything to worry about in regard to plagiarism, it also highlights some style issues, which a typical grammar check doesn't catch.
Introducing quotes These rules guide you for how to introduce quotations in your writing.
Wordhippo This is an excellent site that for finding just the right word. It is a step above a straight thesaurus.
Literary Analysis Writing

Grammar
Mr. Lettiere's website has lots of grammar helps
Comma Usage This youtube video will help you with the basics of comma usage. Some things just have to be learned and then focused upon. Lots of people need this right now!

Podcasts
Way with Words Longer episodes than the other programs, but you can't help being entertained and educated.
Grant Barrett, one of the co-host, also seems to be a part of
Wordnik.
Merriam Webster Word of the Day Learn new words and etymologies of words I already know. Well worth it.
Grammar Grater Amazingly entertaining. They stopped making new podcasts in 2010.
Grammar Girl Good writing tips.

AP Resources
Popular AP novels This is a list of popular novels that are on the AP reading list. It always helps to read something that has particular interest for you.
Recommended reading for AP literature and composition This resource shows what works that have been referred to on the AP exam since 1971
Open-ended questions (prose) This resource shows the open-ended questions for prose that has appeared on the AP test each year since 1970-2015
Open-ended questions (poetry) This resource shows the open-ended questions for poetry that has appeared on the AP test each year since 1970-2015