Near the end of one of their assignment, I decided to expand a homework assignment into the classroom. Stressing the importance of grammar and mechanics in increasing understanding and interest in a writers audience, I thought that a competitive activity on wordiness would be a good learning tool. For their homework I had required them to complete a wordiness worksheet that asked them to:
1. Replace several vague words with more powerful and specific words.
2. Interrogate every word in a sentence.
3. Combine Sentences.
In addition the start of each sentence contained the number of words in the current sentence, and every sentence ended with a the number of words that they should aim for, while ensuring that the meaning and clarify of the sentence was maintained. Give it a try, it may prove to be a fun learning activity in your class!