…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.
read individual sections (especially important ones, like your thesis or
introduction) more than a dozen times to make sure they sound polished
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.
3) He buys some, washes it down with many cans of crab juice. When all that crab juice takes its inevitable toll, Homer runs up 107