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Below the Surface

posted: 10.9.06 by Barclay Barrios

In small groups, have students develop a definition of “surface error.” Ask them to come up with its opposite term, too: “deep error”? “subsurface error”? “serious error”? What marks the difference between the terms? Which one do they need to pay more attention to? At which stage of drafting should they focus on one or the other? And what parts of the handbook will help them with both?

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Collaboration, Drafting, Grammar & Style, Revising
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Checker Challenge

posted: 10.9.06 by Barclay Barrios

Go over the material on grammar checkers in the handbook. Have students pay attention to the sentences that their word processor’s grammar checker flags. The challenge is to come in with a correct sentence the grammar checker thought was wrong. Students should use the handbook, comparing what the grammar checker flagged as wrong to the handbook definition.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Drafting, Grammar & Style, Teaching with Technology
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Editing, Proofreading, Revising

posted: 9.11.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the sections of the handbook on editing and proofreading. Use this to open a discussion about the differences between editing, proofreading, and revising. How are they different? Are they all necessary? Which do they tend to do in their own writing?

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Introducing…

posted: 9.11.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the section of the handbook on introductory paragraphs or introductions. Use this to open a discussion in groups about what makes an effective introduction, what elements are required by this course in particular, and what variations might be effective. As a class, create a checklist for introductions.

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