These days, I teach mostly advanced academic writing, using Great Writing 4: From Great Paragraphs to Great Essays which by the way, is an excellent book if you teach university students or adults.
Today I veered away from the book to address a problem that I saw on many of the midterm exam essays-choppy sentences. I based my lesson loosely on this choppy and run-on sentences worksheet from ESL Writing-mostly I just added a few more of my own examples.
I did the following steps:
1. Introduced the idea of what choppy sentences are and how to fix them: punctuation, relative clauses or conjunctions.
2. Used 3 examples, showed on the PPT one at a time and asked students to fix them, either by writing or just thinking in their head.
3. Students shared the answer with their partner.
4. I asked for 3-4 volunteers to share their answers with the class and gave feedback.
5. I gave my own "perfect" answer if no student had done so.
6. I repeated with run-on sentences.
We ran out of time, so I assigned that choppy and run-on sentences worksheet as homework and we'll talk about it at the beginning of next class.
It was an excellent class-probably one of the best of the semester and I think the students found it really helpful.