Summary: Students look at differently formatted versions of the same paragraph to reinforce the rules of paragraph format in a memorable and engaging way.
Contents: I recommend including about 10 versions, with the following characteristics:
1. Perfect formatting
2. Name at the bottom of the paragraph
3. Too large font
4. Non-academic font
5. Single spaced
6. Multiple spaced
7. No title
8. No/insufficient indent
9. Centered text
10. No name/ heading
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Instructions for the Teacher: Post all versions of the paragraph on walls throughout the room, and label them with numbers or letters. Students work with a partner to determine what kind of mistake is present in each copy of the paragraph, and to identify the “perfect” paragraph. They should take notes as they discuss with their partner. When students have finished taking notes on all the versions, come back together as a class to discuss.