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  • Essential AP style assignment

    This is designed to go with the "Essential AP Style" handout uploaded separately.

    After I give students the handout, I assign them this take-home assignment. It's a four-page quiz on the essentials in the handout. It's more than a 100-point quiz with multiple errors in each sentence. Generally they don't do well.

    After I've graded the assignment (only circling error, not giving the right answer), I required them to fix the error and give the underlying rule from the handout.

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  • Essential AP style

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    Here's a seven-page summary of AP Style that has served me well over the years.

    Uploaded as a separate document resource is (Essential AP Style Quiz," s a five-page quiz on that summary I give on the first day of classes as a take-how assignment. Despite having the answers in front of them, most students don't do very well.

    So I require them to go back and give me the right answer and the underlying reason behind the correct answer. And for each one they do, I give them a half point back.

    You can use this in either a basic reporting or basic editing class.

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  • Media Writing Syllabus

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    JMC20004 is the first skills course students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State take. It focuses on basic journalistic skills, organization, critical thinking and clear, concise writing. It also has a heavy emphasis on grammar, punctuation and usage, preparing students for a test they must pass to go on in their majors.

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