It’s Not Just Error

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Have students identify what they feel is their strongest statement/sentence in the paper. Then have them write about the sentence using the handbook and its terms. For example, “My sentence uses two clauses, both with active verbs...” The goal is to have students see how grammar is not just about being “wrong” but is an active force in helping them make strong sentences, better papers, and better grades.
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.