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How Have Your Assignments Evolved?

posted: 4.30.15 by Andrea Lunsford

If you’ve been teaching for some time, I wonder if you’ve seen some of your favorite assignments evolve or change over time. I’m realizing that a number of mine have, almost without my noticing. Right now I’m thinking of my much loved “long sentence assignment.” I started giving this assignment to break up the lengthy research project my students all do, and in particular to focus for a bit on syntax and style. It’s a low stakes assignment, much like finger exercises on the piano, meant for fun and practice, though I do assign a few points to it. [read more]

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Categories: Activity Idea, Andrea Lunsford, Revising, Rhetorical Situation, Teaching Advice, Visual Rhetoric
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Grammar Math

posted: 4.9.08 by Barclay Barrios

Sometimes the best way to see something is to look at it in a whole other way.  Have your students review the material in the handbook on sentence construction and then have them create mathematical formulae for sentences.  For example,  subject + verb = simple sentence or subject – verb = fragment.  Ask them to provide a sample sentence for each formula from their current drafts or from the essay under discussion.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Grammar & Style, Learning Styles, Punctuation & Mechanics, Revising
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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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Close Reading / Close Attention

posted: 9.25.06 by Barclay Barrios

While looking at quotations from the essays under discussion, fold in a discussion of grammar. Examine the verb, subject, and object of a crucial sentence, having students identify each term using the handbook. How does sentence structure make argument?

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Categories: Basic Writing, Grammar & Style
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