ERIC Number: ED315113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
How To Improve Students' Writing Styles.
Griffin, Beverly Norris
Instructors often criticize student writing styles in abstract, nebulous terms which further serve to alienate student writers from the concept of style. College instructors should direct students to such concise, recognized discourses on improving writing style as Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style." In these manuals, specific, effective suggestions may be found, such as "be concise,""use active verbs,""choose words carefully," and "omit unnecessary words." These guidelines will significantly improve, with minimum effort, the writing style of anyone who is not already a skilled writer. The easiest and most effective means of improving writing style is to avoid whenever possible the use of a few undesirable words which are employed too often in daily written and spoken language. These words are "it,""they,""thing(s),""you/your,""get/got/getting,""fix/fixed/fixing,""do/did/done/doing,""that,""put,""why,""out,""up,""down," and "off." The almost effortless technique of revising sentences to eliminate these few words begins the process of developing the elusive phenomenon known as a distinctive style. (JMC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Shelby State Community Coll., Memphis, TN.