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When I teach a writing course, I tell the students on the first day that at the end of the course, they'll never look at writing the same again. Here's an example. A student from my introductory writing course emailed me this, accompanied by the following message:

I came across this on Pinterest and immediately thought of you, so I thought I would share!

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penshark
Jun. 15th, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
I'm going to have to borrow this one -- I like it a lot.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 15th, 2014 03:27 am (UTC)
I like the punctuation marks one best.
nodressrehersal
Jun. 15th, 2014 12:09 pm (UTC)
I read. I chuckled. I liked.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 15th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
The ones about comma splices and quotation marks made me laugh, I liked them "a lot."
(Anonymous)
Jun. 15th, 2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
And you wonder if what you do makes a mark on your students
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 15th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
I make a mark on students sometimes—usually, it's like an ugly tattoo inked after a night of drinking cheap tequila.
sahlah
Jun. 15th, 2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
Stealing this for our College Success Skills class...
love it.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 15th, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
Here at If the Six, we aim to please.
scuba_sham
Jun. 16th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
Number seven is my favorite.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 16th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yo, Sham!
scuba_sham
Jun. 17th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
Yo, PJV! Missed you! Hope you're doing well :)
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 17th, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
Every time I turn around, you're receiving another writing/reporting award, Sam, and it seems the work you're being cited for is solid, substantial and often troubling/troublesome stories. Good for you for not flinching.
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