These are DO NOW activities to use as a bell ringer to the start of class for Billy Budd by Herman Melville. It gets students editing and proofreading while also staying on topic with the text. The quotes come directly from the text. Students will receive the quote from the text with errors, and teacher has the fixed version to share after students complete. Most chapters will have a quote, only three chapters do not. These can be written on the board by the teacher or copied onto a white board program such as a Promethean or Smartboard. Just copy the fix it to project, or cut the answer key and provide a copy to the students to fix on paper. For this activity students will identify who said it, how it is pivotal to the chapter, and fix the errors, without looking in the text. Find an example of the first chapter below.
“Billy though happily endowed with gaiety of high health youth and a free heart was yet by no means of a satirical turn. The will to it and the sinister dexterity where alike wanting. To deal in double meanings and insinuations of any sort was quiet foreign to his nature.”
“Billy, though happily endowed with gaiety of high health, youth, and a free heart, was yet by no means of a satirical turn. The will to it and the sinister dexterity were alike wanting. To deal in double meanings and insinuations of any sort was quite foreign to his nature.”