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Universal Pronoun Agreement

posted: 2.21.07 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review material in their handbook on pronoun/antecedent agreement and sexist language. In small groups, have them discuss the various methods for avoiding sexist language in pronouns, including awkward ones like “s/he” and incorrect ones like the use of a plural pronoun with a singular antecedent. Which method is best, leaving aside the rules of grammar? How might or must language change to accommodate nonsexist language?

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Categories: Collaboration, Grammar & Style
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Really Using the Passive Voice

posted: 2.5.07 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the section of the handbook on active and passive voice. Using a key passage from the current reading and working in small groups, have students revise each sentence in the passage into passive voice. (This will require them to identify the subject, the verb, and any objects.) Then use these revised passages in a discussion about the essay. Is the argument weaker when in passive voice? Are concepts clearer? Why or why not? Discuss how they might then use this strategy to check for fragments in their own drafts.

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Categories: Argument, Collaboration, Grammar & Style, Revising
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Designing Correction

posted: 10.23.06 by Barclay Barrios

Review in class the list of correction symbols in the handbook as well as any additional symbols you use. Have the students work in groups to first identify their five most common errors, then locate the handbook resources on those errors, and then, finally, design correction symbols that can be used in peer revision groups or when you provide comments. Encourage them to be creative in coming up with symbols.

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Categories: Collaboration, Learning Styles, Peer Review, Proofreading/Editing
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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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