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Three for the road

Posted on: Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 4:30pm

Topic(s): Teaching Writing

Spring Quarter, where’d you go? This is my last month in Writing Instruction Support and my last post for WIS-ful Thinking. Thanks to everyone who’s emailed or stopped me in the hall to cheer, boo, or recommend materials. Extra thanks to Katie Weed, sharp-eyed editor and source of many web links, and Jon Dillon, who posted the entries and reminded me to include the topic headers.

I’ll say farewell with three more links:

  • Many people generously shared their resources and sample assignments this year. We’re currently updating the site and if you check back NEXT WEEK, you should be able to find your recommendations and others at the WIS Faculty Tools & Resources page.
  • One of the strategies recommended to students at the Revising & Editing workshop is that they read their writing aloud, or have someone else read it to them. If they’re short on readers during finals week, you can refer them to this website, where an automated voice will read their work to them. The automation isn’t perfect: it’s a little confused by parentheses, and a little monotone. But it does include the option of having your work read back to you in a British accent.
  • The aforementioned Katie Weed sent me some slides on passive voice that I liked so much I asked if I could share them. They’re here, and I’ve supplemented them with one last revision example, based on a sentence from an actual email sent to the actual public by an actual tax-funded organization. It’s to prevent disasters like these that we teach writing, people. Fight the good fight!

 


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Three for the road

Posted on: Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 4:30pm

Topic(s): WIS News

Spring Quarter, where’d you go? This is my last month in Writing Instruction Support and my last post for WIS-ful Thinking. Thanks to everyone who’s emailed or stopped me in the hall to cheer, boo, or recommend materials. Extra thanks to Katie Weed, sharp-eyed editor and source of many web links, and Jon Dillon, who posted the entries and reminded me to include the topic headers.

I’ll say farewell with three more links:

  • Many people generously shared their resources and sample assignments this year. We’re currently updating the site and if you check back NEXT WEEK, you should be able to find your recommendations and others at the WIS Faculty Tools & Resources page.
  • One of the strategies recommended to students at the Revising & Editing workshop is that they read their writing aloud, or have someone else read it to them. If they’re short on readers during finals week, you can refer them to this website, where an automated voice will read their work to them. The automation isn’t perfect: it’s a little confused by parentheses, and a little monotone. But it does include the option of having your work read back to you in a British accent.
  • The aforementioned Katie Weed sent me some slides on passive voice that I liked so much I asked if I could share them. They’re here, and I’ve supplemented them with one last revision example, based on a sentence from an actual email sent to the actual public by an actual tax-funded organization. It’s to prevent disasters like these that we teach writing, people. Fight the good fight!

 


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