Ideas for Improving Writing in Any Class

This week in the T.E.C.H. Playground, we had great idea-sharing around improving writing in any class. Here are some of the ideas:

Keep writing logs.

Pick a great article in your field and have students copy the entire article in long hand.

Go through an article and highlight/write the key sentence from each paragraph. When you just read those, does it flow and make sense?

Use a reverse dictionary (http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml or http://dictionary.reference.com/reverse/).

Read what you’ve written out loud or use accessibility tools on your computer to have it read back to you.

Use Roget’s Thesaurus (http://www.roget.org/ or http://www.thesaurus.com/).

Mind mapping

Writing Dump Activity: What? Why? When? Who? How?

Academic Words Activity: Take an article in your field and make a five column list of Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives/Adverbs, Transitions, and Interesting Phrases. Then, generate new sentences with one word from each column.

What great improving writing tips would you add?

 

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