One of the most important things writing students should keep in mind is how writing differs from speaking.
An excellent way to reinforce this idea is to lead students in a discussion about the differences between the two forms of communication. This product suggests 11 very important ways writing and speaking are different.
I use this discussion every semester in my writing classes, and it's very thought-provoking! See preview for some suggested differences.
Great way to introduce your next writing unit! Suggestions for answers included. Here is an example from the four column table of how the two forms of communications differ:
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