These are DO NOW activities to use as a bell ringer to the start of class for Age of Iron by J M Coetzee. 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. 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(s), and fix the errors, without looking in the text. This book only has four chapters so there are multiple quotes per chapter that can be used daily or jigsawed in a classroom. Find an example from the first chapter below.
“This was the day when I had the news from Dr. syfret. The new’s was not good, but it were mine, for me, mine only, not to be refused. It was for me to take in my arm’s and fold to my chest and take home, with out headshaking, with out tears.”
“This was the day when I had the news from Dr. Syfret. The news was not good, but it was mine, for me, mine only, not to be refused. It was for me to take in my arms and fold to my chest and take home, without headshaking, without tears.”