Are you tired of reading essays littered with personal pronouns? Do your students write the way they speak?
Help your students master the rules of formal writing! This PowerPoint presentation will walk your students through some of the most basic guidelines for writing in a formal tone. Though there are many elements of formal writing, I chose to focus on four: avoiding first and second person pronouns, contractions, slang, and cliches. Once students master these basic skills, they will be able to complete more in-depth activities.
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The attached zip file includes the following items:
1. An 18 page PowerPoint presentation. The presentation reviews the four basic rules of formal writing, provides checks for understanding, and lists other suggestions for writing in a formal tone.
2. A student note-taker to help students take notes from the slides. Instead of copying the information from the slides, students fill in keywords in the spaces provided. All embedded checks for understanding are included on the student handout. The note-taker is provided as both a PDF (to prevent formatting differences between computers,) and a Word document (to enable editing.)
3. A rubric for formal writing, based on the information from the PowerPoint. The rubric includes a student-friendly checklist to help students revise their own work. Like the note-taker, the rubric is available as both a Word document and a PDF.
4. A one-page classroom flyer with the four rules. The flyer can be downloaded for free by clicking the preview button!