How to Fix Frequent Mistakes in Student Writing
TL;DR: Here’s a style guide I made for 7th & 8th Graders.
Every English teacher or writer has read The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
The piece of work was originally published in 1918, but it’s been republished several times since. Each new draft encroached on the modern world with more clarity and value. Strunk was a professor at Cornell University who sought to build an effective system for teaching common errors that students continued to make year to year.
Like any good teacher, he developed a list of tips, strategies, and insights for his students to be successful. Strunk compiled them into a short book 43-page the first edition. He then proceeded to hand it out to his composition students as they began the course each year.
While Strunk’s work has been well received for over a century, it simply does not resonate with twelve, thirteen, and fourteen-year-olds. So, much like Strunk did over one hundred years ago, I set out to develop a similar collection of tips, strategies, and insights for my students.
Here’s my disclaimer: None of these tips and strategies are 100% my own. All of them have been modified to fit my students, but they were all influenced by some of the best authors and teachers in the field.
Here’s the style guide! I will be updating it for the rest of my career, so if you have any suggestions, like adding the steps for making citations, I will gladly take them.
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