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Peer Revision at Home

posted: 3.13.08 by Barclay Barrios

For first-year students in particular, you might find it effective to have them review at least one peer’s paper at home.  Students still in transition from high school are used to thinking of class work as “busy work” and homework as “important work.”  I combine these two by having them review one or two papers in class but also one at home, emailing comments to the paper’s author.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Peer Review, Student Success
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Studenting Skills List

posted: 2.20.08 by Barclay Barrios

Ask your students to create a list of “studenting” skills, those skills that make a successful student. This list might include coming to office hours, communicating about absences, and showing up to class on time, but encourage them to work with the handbook and their own experience to create a list specific to your course.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Learning Styles, Student Success
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To Keep or Not to Keep

posted: 4.9.07 by Barclay Barrios

At the end of the semester, ask students to generate lists of why they should keep and why they should sell their handbooks. In small groups, have them share these lists and then move into a class discussion about the usefulness of the handbook beyond this class.

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Categories: Argument, Assignment Idea, Handbooks, Student Success
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Analyzing the Grammar of Prompts

posted: 10.9.06 by Barclay Barrios

While giving a new writing prompt, have the students analyze its sentence structure using the handbook. Are there clues to approaching the prompt in this structure? What sentences seem to be emphasized based simply on the use of verbs or nouns or clauses?

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Critical Thinking, Grammar & Style, Student Success
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Shorthand Cheat Sheet

posted: 9.11.06 by Barclay Barrios

At the start of the semester, provide a cheat sheet to your students that lists the most common comments or editing marks you use in marking student errors and in commenting. For each, provide a page number for the section of the handbook students should be checking to address that error or to revise from that comment.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Proofreading/Editing, Student Success
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Leaving Only Footprints

posted: 9.11.06 by Barclay Barrios

Students often want to sell back their textbooks, which makes them hesitant to write in them. Challenge students to develop a system for personalizing their handbooks that leaves them unmarked. You might suggest they use sticky notes or paper clips in different colors, with each color serving a different purpose: red for their most common errors, blue for things to check when working on a draft, green for tools they use in revision. Form students into small groups and have each group bring to the next class a system for “leaving only footprints” in the textbook while making it easy for each student to find the sections she or he needs.

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Categories: Classroom Challenges and Solutions, Student Success
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