Conciseness

Twitter has helped people learn to express their ideas in as few words as possible, but away from the 280-character limit, writers still struggle with keeping their writing short and to the point. Conciseness is the focus of a writing handout that discusses strategies such as removing unnecessary words, eliminating redundant pairs, and avoiding passive voice. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Write an extremely long and complex sentence and challenge learners to pare it down
  • Place two sentences side by side (one wordy and one succinct) and discuss which is more effective
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires an understanding of key terms such as infinitive verbs and affirmatives
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Uses examples to show weak sentences and their revisions
  • Features numbered headers with bold font to make it easier to skim and scan
Cons
  • Final two sections lack the specific information provided in earlier parts of the handout