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Alternative Titles

posted: 12.18.06 by Barclay Barrios

In class, put students into groups and have them look at the section on titles in the handbook. Ask each group to propose an alternate title for the essay you’re currently working with. Use these to have a discussion about how the title the author did use relates to the essay as well as how the titles groups came up with relate to major ideas from the essay.

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Categories: Argument, Collaboration, Document Design, Revising
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Adding the Visual

posted: 11.20.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the section of the handbook on using visuals and/or visual argument. As they revise their current draft, ask them to incorporate a visual element: a picture, clip art, a table, a graph, or a chart. How does this element change the argument of the paper in its articulation or effectiveness?

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Categories: Argument, Assignment Idea, Document Design, Drafting, Revising, Rhetorical Situation, Teaching with Technology, Visual Argument
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Headings for Organization

posted: 11.20.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the section of the handbook on headings in documents or on document design, as well as the section on outlines. Then have them add headings to their current or next draft, thinking of these headings as an integrated outline of the paper. In peer revision groups, ask peers to assess the accuracy, value, and wording of these headings.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Document Design, Drafting, Peer Review, Revising
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Revision Memos

posted: 11.20.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the section of the handbook on memos. After handing back drafts with your comments, have students come to the next class with a memo to you that summarizes your comments on their drafts and proposes a plan of revision. Not only will students get practice with practical forms of writing, but you’ll also be able to make sure that they understand what you’re asking them to do in your comments.

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Categories: Document Design, Handbooks, Revising
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Applying for a Grade

posted: 11.20.06 by Barclay Barrios

Give students a copy of the grading guidelines for the course and then have them review the section of the handbook on letters of application. For midterm conferences, ask each student to write a letter applying for a particular grade. Like a letter of application, the opening should make clear what grade they are applying for, and then the body should make it clear what their qualifications are, connecting their written work of the semester to the grading criteria.

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Categories: Argument, Assessment, Business Writing, Document Design, Handbooks
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Essay Resume

posted: 11.6.06 by Barclay Barrios

Begin by reviewing the section on resumes in the handbook, noting standard sections such as “heading,” “career objective,” and “education section.” In groups, have the students adapt the resume form to the current reading. For example, students might put the correct bibliographic citation as the “heading,” then summarize the argument of the essay for “career objective,” and so on. The goal is twofold. First, the exercise helps students work with the resume form, and second, it produces a concise understanding of the reading.

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Categories: Business Writing, Collaboration, Critical Reading, Document Design
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Grogue!

posted: 10.9.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students consider elements of style by producing their own grammar fashion magazine, Grogue. In small groups, have them look at drafts and consider the most common elements: What kinds of sentences are “hot” for this assignment? What sorts of verbs? Ask them to consider what could be hot next; do the student editors want complex sentences or dramatic fragments to be the next big thing? After reviewing the material on document design, have the groups sketch a design for the cover of Grogue to present to the class.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Collaboration, Document Design, Grammar & Style, Learning Styles
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