10-second review: Give students a copy of one or two doctored paragraphs from a story or novel and ask them to revise it.
Title: “Learn to Lie.” M Winegardner. The Writer (November 2008), 19. The Writer is a magazine by writers for writers.
Summary: Teacher rewrites (“butchers”) one or two paragraphs from a short story or novel. Students try to revise. They then compare to the original source.
Comment: Sounds like an interesting exercise. However, what’s the point? The author never really says. I suppose, word choice. RayS.