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Replacing Commas

posted: 1.26.07 by Barclay Barrios

Have students use a word processor to search their drafts for all commas and then remove them with the replace function. In peer review, have students insert the commas in their peers’ drafts, noting in the margin the section of the handbook that justifies the use of the comma in that place.

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Categories: Grammar & Style, Peer Review, Punctuation & Mechanics, Teaching with Technology
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Punctuation Mix-Up Fix-Up

posted: 1.26.07 by Barclay Barrios

Have students use a word processor’s find and replace function to switch punctuation around, exchanging commas for periods and quotation marks for apostrophes. In peer groups, have students restore the proper punctuation.

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Categories: Peer Review, Punctuation & Mechanics, Teaching with Technology
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Overdetermined Titles

posted: 1.26.07 by Barclay Barrios

Have students take every title in their draft and put it in quotation marks, then italicize and underline it. In peer groups, have students determine which one of these methods should be used and why.

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Categories: Integrating sources, Peer Review, Punctuation & Mechanics, Working with Sources
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Grammar Hunt

posted: 12.4.06 by Barclay Barrios

Bring in sentences from drafts that have errors or are syntactically strained. Put the class into groups and have each group work on first identifying the error, then finding the section of the handbook that addresses it, then correcting it. The group with the most correct answers (and corrections) gets a prize (chocolate is a good motivator).

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Categories: Collaboration, Grammar & Style, Learning Styles, Punctuation & Mechanics
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The Never-Ending Sentence

posted: 11.6.06 by Barclay Barrios

Ask students to use their word processor to first convert all text to lowercase and then to replace all periods with a space. Have them review the section on fused sentences in the handbook. In class, have them work in groups on one of the “period-less” drafts to restore the proper punctuation.

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Good Ol’ Fashioned Spelling Bee

posted: 10.23.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the section of the handbook on spelling and common rules for spelling. Then have a spelling bee in class, using terms/words from the essays. To up the ante, have each student spell and define the word in the context of the reading so that students demonstrate an understanding of the author’s argument as well.

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Search/Find/Replace/Correct

posted: 9.25.06 by Barclay Barrios

Review with the class the section of the handbook on apostrophes. Afterward, tell them to use their word processor’s find and replace function to replace “it’s” with “it is.” Have them reread their papers; all misuses of “it’s” will be very obvious.

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