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Reading Aloud Lesson Materials (Spr 09)

Reading Aloud Lesson Materials (Spr 09) - 1 You should...

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You should always read your writing aloud at some point, especially during sentence-level revision. When reading your paper aloud, you should read… 1) Slowly 2) Loudly 3) Clearly 4) Passionately Reading too quickly or too quietly, not articulating clearly enough, or simply speaking without emotion will make reading aloud useless: all of your paper will sound the same (boring), and the awkward spots won’t stand out. It’s best to read your paper aloud when you’re alone so you don’t have to worry about sounding silly in front of anyone. Also Important—you should… …speak your text exactly as it is written , as if it were someone else’s writing; don’t make changes or fill in gaps as you go to make it sound smoother—you want to hear messy spots loud and clear, so you know you have to change them. …listen as you are reading for spots that sound bad —passages that are awkward, not as good as they could sound, more complex than necessary, less detailed than they need be, etc. If you ignore a problem on the page as you read aloud, your paper may sound better now, but the problem stays on the page, where it will harm the paper. …mark problems areas —Underline or circle them, but don’t interrupt your reading to correct them now, or you won’t get to hear how your paper flows as a whole. 1
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…go back to these spots later on . Reread them, figure out the problem (is it word choice, the order of the sentence, missing punctuation, or is there some unnecessary/missing content?), then try to amend it. …do this more than once, several times, if you can —Ideally, you should read your paper aloud each time you make major revisions. You might read individual sections (especially important ones, like your thesis or introduction) more than a dozen times to make sure they sound polished and smooth. Directions: Have each person in your group read aloud one of the sentences assigned to your group. When reading aloud, be sure to read slowly, clearly, and with some emotion (as we discussed). As you listen to the sentence read aloud, try to spot the part that sounds odd or off. As a group, discuss the sentence and figure out which part of it has a problem, what’s wrong or awkward about it, and how you could change or correct it. Once you’ve fixed the first sentence, have someone else read the second and go through the same process. 1) There's a scene from ''The Simpsons'' that has been looping inside my brain since Sept. 11. It comes from ''The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson,'' four-year episode of the Fox show. 2) During a family trip to Manhattan, Homer finds himself on a cartoon version of the plaza between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. There, waiting for a traffic officer to remove the boot from his pink family sedan (while his family is taking a Broadway musical about the Betty Ford Center), Homer meets a vendor selling an exotic delicacy called Khlav Kalash.
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