Starting off right

Tom Clanin | Cal State Fullerton

I use what I call mini-editing quizzes at the start of class to discuss common writing problems that copy editors encounter. These errors include grammar and punctuation, word usage, style, and accuracy and incomplete information.

This last two categories are very good for teaching critical thinking skills.

All the examples are gleaned from newspaper articles, mostly the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register.

We spend about 10-15 minutes discussing the contents quizzes, and I find that I can often engage the students in conversation about the problems.

See a quiz example in the PowerPoint to the left.

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