Bundle: Writing Fun (4 Activities, 22 Pages, $12)

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Let your students have writing fun as they revise to avoid clichés, cut unnecessary words, correct commonly misused words, and eliminate redundancy.

Been There, Done That: Avoiding Clichés
This 6-page reproducible activity
• introduces students to clichés
• shows the problems with using them in writing
• gives examples of how to CORRECT them

Then it presents a 20-item list of clichés, which students “translate” into wording that is not trite.

A separate activity presents a 2-page story filled with clichés. Students use their new awareness to identify the clichés and then correct them.

Answer keys are included.
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Eliminate Wordiness: Cutting Unnecessary Words and Phrases
This 4-page reproducible activity includes
• an introductory page with explanations and examples of problems with wordiness in writing
40 examples of inflated commonly-used phrases that students improve with shorter, more concise phrases
• an answer key for teachers
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Word Confusions: Correcting 25 Words That Are Commonly Misused
In this 3-page printable activity, students . . .
• look at a sentence that includes a commonly misused word
correct the mistake

Example:
I was so flustrated that I felt as if I were walking in circles.

Answer:
change flustrated to frustrated

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Don’t Let Me Repeat Myself: Eliminating Redundant Words And Phrases
Here students learn the importance of using conciseness in writing by eliminating redundant words and phrases.

They first examine examples of redundancy and see how the examples should be written to avoid repetition.

Example:
The true fact is that 50% of your final grade depends on your test scores

With redundancy eliminated:
The fact is that 50% of your final grade depends on your test scores

Next, students have two pages of examples (53 examples in all) of redundant phrases that are commonly heard or written, along with explanations of the redundancy and how the redundancy can be eliminated.

After that, students have another 2 pages of sample sentences (53 sentences) that they read and revise to eliminate the redundancies they have studied.

An answer key is included.
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These classroom-tested activities have been used successfully in middle school, high school, and college classes. Created by Susan Thurman.

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Bundle: Writing Fun (4 Activities, 22 Pages, $12)
Bundle: Writing Fun (4 Activities, 22 Pages, $12)
Bundle: Writing Fun (4 Activities, 22 Pages, $12)
Bundle: Writing Fun (4 Activities, 22 Pages, $12)