Teach grammar with Microsoft Word: Did you know that Microsoft Word can check for passive voice? Not only can it check for passive voice, but it will explain it to students and identify what percentage of the essay is written in passive voice! This step-by-step guide walks you and your students through adjusting these settings.
Currently your settings are probably set to only checking spelling and grammar versus grammar AND STYLE. Checking style identifies misused words, cliches, sentences beginning with and/but, unclear phrasing, sentence length AND WORDINESS (no more rambling!), among other stylistic options.
Steps also show students how to run a "readability report" that includes the percentage of passive sentences, the Flesch-Kincaid grade level, sentences per paragraph, etc.
Use these settings to analyze professional writing in AP English Language and Composition. Enter a passage into Word, analyze where authors consciously "broke" stylistic rules, and run the readability report. Then ask "Why would the author choose to make the sentences so short?" "Why did this author choose to write at such a low grade level when they are clearly capable of elevated writing?" Have a meaningful discussion about literature and stop writing the same grammatical comments on student papers!
Great resource for ELL, ESOL students.