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Visualizing Argument

posted: 3.21.07 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the material in the handbook on visual arguments or visual aids. Ask them to come to class with a visual supplement to the current reading—a chart or diagram or photograph. In groups, have them share this material and then consider how incorporating it into the essay would enhance or change the author’s argument.

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Categories: Argument, Assignment Idea, Collaboration, Document Design, Learning Styles, Visual Argument, Visual Rhetoric
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English as a Foreign Language

posted: 2.21.07 by Barclay Barrios

Have students find and review all materials in the handbook for second-language speakers. Then, in groups, ask them to expand these tips based on their own experiences with other languages as well as their experience with English: What tips do they have from studying other languages? What tips do ESL students in the class have to add?

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Collaboration, ESL/multilingual writers
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Grammar Gets a MySpace Page

posted: 2.5.07 by Barclay Barrios

Divide the class into groups and assign each group an element: a part of speech, a punctuation mark, or sentences. Each group will research that element in the handbook, find resources for learning about the element online, and create a page for their element on MySpace. Which other elements would be listed as friends? What connections would the elements make to each other?

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Categories: Collaboration, Finding Sources, Grammar & Style
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Condensed Drafts

posted: 2.5.07 by Barclay Barrios

Ask students to review the material on sentence types in the handbook. Then have students take a copy of their current draft (or a portion of it) and revise each sentence down to a subject and verb. Ask students to discuss their condensed drafts in groups: What’s missing when a sentence is reduced to just a subject and verb? Can they make the same argument? What sentence elements are needed for analysis?

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Categories: Argument, Collaboration, Grammar & Style
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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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Bigger Parts of Speech

posted: 1.26.07 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the section of the handbook on parts of speech. Then, in groups, ask them to create new parts of speech from common combinations of the usual parts of speech. For example, using an article and a noun together might form a “nonticle”; using an adverb and an adjective together might be a “jerbad.” Each group should create rules for using this bigger part of speech, based on the rules for the parts’ smaller components.

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Categories: Collaboration, Grammar & Style
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Attending to Voice

posted: 1.16.07 by Barclay Barrios

Have students bring in a copy of their drafts with all quotation marks and citations removed. In small groups, have them exchange these drafts, with each peer reading a paper with the goal of restoring the quotation marks.

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Categories: Citing Sources, Peer Review, Revising
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Conjunctions and Quotations

posted: 12.18.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the section of the handbook on conjunctions. Put the students into groups and ask each group to find quotations from the current essay and from a previous essay that seem to have some relation to each other. Ask the groups to express this relationship using only one conjunction.

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Categories: Collaboration, Finding Sources, Grammar & Style
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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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