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.
- 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
- 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
- Uses examples to show weak sentences and their revisions
- Features numbered headers with bold font to make it easier to skim and scan
- Final two sections lack the specific information provided in earlier parts of the handout