ENGL 250 Activities:

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Say What? Design and Delivery with PowerPoint

Students learn basic design and delivery with PowerPoint

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Pass The Buck

This activity forms students into 5 groups to teach each other evaluation criteria, and to learn how to evaluate the degree of success of a sample funding proposal.

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PowerPoint Prep

This exercise is designed to discuss what not to do in presentations, but in a relaxing and humorous way.

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Trailer Comparison

This activity is used to help student prepare to perform a visual analysis by comparing two movie trailers from two different decades.

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The Rhetoric of Infomercials

This activity is used to teach ethos, pathos, and logos by asking students to create an infomercial. The activity takes about 50 minutes to run.

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Using Collaborative Writing Spaces

Students compose responses to a prompting question in a cell on a table using Google Docs or another collaborative and synchronous writing application.

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Merged Revision Process

This activity using “merge documents” function in Microsoft Word helps students and instructors to easily see the changes made in the revision process for the final draft or portfolio.

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Peer Response Survey

This is an in-class activity to gather students’ perceptions of peer response activities and let students do the survey result analyses and interpretation in class.

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Highlighter Revisions

This activity is designed to teach students how to revise their essays.

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Paraphrasing Practice

This activity teaches students how to paraphrase. I use an example paragraph and model my own paraphrasing technique. The activity provides a number of activities that both give students examples and provide opportunities to practice.

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Description and Summary Practice

This activity teaches students how to do an effective summary and description. I bring two examples, both bad and good. I ask students to talk about how I have changed these descriptions to change these two dominant impressions.

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Sentence-Level Editing

This activity is used to help students with sentence-level editing. The students have 20 min. to find all the punctuation problems on the handout.