Among the concepts we hope to instill in students is the outward-facing perspective, that it's not always "all about us." Here's a novel way to practice that approach while allowing students to keep a bit of "me" in play.
You tell your students to use words that everyone understands, to write concisely and avoid puffing up their writing. If they don't quite get it, let George Carlin help you make the point.
Students often have good ideas, and here's one from a student who hates long leads.
Interviewing strangers can be hard for students. Interviewing people in their own community can be harder. Getting their "untold story" can be darn near impossible - but here's help.
First, assign students to blog once a week about editing. Then, make them edit their own posts. (It's kinda like making them edit their own e-mails, but not as cruel.)
Instead of hoping your students are taking notes - and maybe looking at them once in a while - turn those notes into a book project.
Lazy writers can give new - and embarrassing - twists to tired phrases.
DOWNLOADS: Cliche's gone wrong
When more is too much, try this approach to writing tighter.
Editors can’t edit if they can’t write. Here’s one approach to helping students hone their analytical and writing skills.