English Skills: Lesson 9, Wordiness: Activities

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owl_logoPurdue’s OWL site has three separate exercises that can be printed out. Exercises 1 and 2 contain wordy sentences while Exercise 3 is an extended passage that requires revision. Answers are also provided. Tip: Print and distribute the handout first and then review the answers online.

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/6/9

capital_cc_logo_sized                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Capital Community College has an online exercise that asks students to re-write sentences and compare them against the website’s revisions:

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/wordy_quiz.htm

4 SyllabusThe Australian site, 4 Syllabus, has a nice set of short exercises that can be easily cut-and-pasted into a printable handout. Student revisions can later be compared with the website’s versions:

http://www.4syllables.com.au/resources/web-writing-exercises/cut-unnecessary-words/