Handout: Sentence Workshop Questions

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Suggested Interactions I have found are helpful to writers in a sentence workshop

Questions about Choices Made:

Why did you choose [certain word or phrase that interests you]?

              This word makes me think about…

Why this order for your sentence?

              The order here makes me think about…

Why did you decide on the punctuation that you did for your sentence?

              I think that your [punctuation choice] does…

Why did you structure your sentence in this way?

              Your structure makes me think the following about your idea…

Why such a [long, short] sentence?

              I think your [long, short] sentence does…

Questions about Options Considered:

Did you consider other pronoun choices for this sentence?

              For instance…

Did you consider other items [in a series] for this sentence?

              For instance…

In writing a [example of a modal, words like likely, maybe, probably, may, etc] did you consider [example of another modal that either strengths or hedges the writer’s point?

Questions about Meaning-Making Differences:

What is the difference between [highlight a word or phrase that think could be moved around] remaining where you currently have it in your sentence and being moved to the [beginning, middle, end]?

              I think the difference would be…

Do you think that [certain word or phrase] is needed in the sentence?

              I think the difference would be…

What is the difference between [word in the sentence] another word that comes to mind?

Questions about Rhetorical Situation:

Based in how I understand your sentence, I think that your purpose is x.

Your sentence makes me think about…

Your sentence choices relate to your audience because…

Reading your sentence, I assume that the next sentence discusses…

Reading your sentence, I assume that the sentence before is about…

 

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