Just like you choose your clothes to ensure they fit the occasion, you should choose your words deliberately while writing. Style, the main topic of one handout in a series on writing skills, involves choosing words carefully and paying attention to sentence and paragraph structure. Through the reference sheet, writers learn to reduce wordiness, fix trouble with verbs, and avoid ostentatious erudition (or, in layman's terms, using big words for show).

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Write a paragraph that contains multiple issues discussed in the resource and challenge members of the class to identify and fix them
  • Split the reference sheet into sections based on individual topics and have students work in pairs or small groups to review the section; challenge them to teach their section to the rest of the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Lengthy reference sheet covers a range of topics related to style rather than offering a concise overview
  • 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
  • Identifies common problems in college writing and provides examples and solutions
  • Links to additional handouts to provide more instruction on key topics
  • Features lengthy blocks of texts that may prove difficult for learners to follow