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Thesaurus Distortion

posted: 11.6.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the section of the handbook on choosing words and/or tone. Then, either in a computer classroom or at home, have them choose a key sentence from their drafts and use a thesaurus (book or electronic form) to replace every significant word in the sentence (perhaps even multiple times). Bring these altered sentences in for a discussion of how/if they still work. Use the handbook to begin a discussion on how word choice impacts tone and meaning, and then continue that discussion by looking at the word choices in the current reading.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Critical Reading, Grammar & Style, Revising, Teaching with Technology
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