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The Hyphen Today

posted: 12.10.07 by Barclay Barrios

Used to be used to divide words at the end of sentences, but word processors take care of that for us now. So how is the hyphen used today? Have students review the material in the handbook on this punctuation mark and then have them bring in examples from outside the classroom that demonstrate correct or incorrect uses of the hyphen. As part of this discussion, ask students to consider the dash as well. What’s the difference between the two? When might they use either in their writing?

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Punctuation & Mechanics
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Integrating Quotations

posted: 11.26.07 by Barclay Barrios

Sometimes it takes some practice for students to learn how to integrate quotations into their own sentences successfully. One way to help them acquire this skill is to break a class into groups and give each group the same quotation.  Groups should then integrate all or part of the quotation into a new sentence—the more outlandish the sentence, the better. The group with the craziest sentence and the smoothest integration wins. Review the material on integrating quotations in the handbook to help students with this exercise.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Collaboration, Integrating sources
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From HOCs to LOCs

posted: 10.8.07 by Barclay Barrios

Help students see the relationship between Higher Order Concerns and Lower Order Concerns but directly connecting the two. Students should identify key sentences in their drafts that reflect their intentions in terms of audience, purpose, argument, development, and transition.

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Categories: Argument, Assignment Idea, Drafting
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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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