Posted by Jill Van Wyke
Read “On Writing Well” handout
Read “Working With Words” chapter: Conciseness (I believe it’s chapter 12 in both editions)
Bring to class an in-depth article, from a general interest magazine, on a complicated topic you’re unfamiliar with. National Geographic, Wired and Scientific American are good sources. Read the article with a critical eye toward its clarity. Has the writer succeeded in achieving clarity? If so, what techniques did s/he use? If the writer failed, what could s/he have done to improve clarity? Mark up the article, circling and commenting on examples of good or poor clarity.
Tuesday class: Quick quiz on tricky words, spelling, pronoun case