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Verb-Libs

posted: 2.5.07 by Barclay Barrios

Review sections of the handbook on verbs. Have students come in with one or two key paragraphs from their current drafts in which they have replaced the verbs with blanks (“______”). For peer revision, have peers fill in verbs and then reflect on which verbs they chose and why.

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Categories: Grammar & Style, Peer Review
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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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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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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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