Clearing Confusion

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Handbooks often provide a list of commonly confused words and phrases (accept/except, lose/loose). As homework, assign each student a word pair and ask her or him to write a sentence that will make the meaning of the two words clear. For example, “If I don’t wear my pants loose, I lose my mind.” Collect these sentences in a single handout to distribute to the class.
About the Author
Barclay Barrios is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches freshman composition and graduate courses in composition methodology and theory, rhetorics of the world wide web, and composing digital identities. He was Director of Instructional Technology at Rutgers University and currently serves on the board of Pedagogy. Barrios is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, and the author of Emerging.