Characters & Actions: Working from Magazines

Characters & Actions/ Nominalizations
Identify/Generate the principle
Time: 20-30 minutes

1. Find a brief passage from an academic/professional journal article in your theme/topic. Choose a passage (at least twenty-five lines) that is difficult to understand. Photocopy and ask students to rewrite the passage so that the subjects and verbs are characters and actions, and the number of nominalizations is reduced.
2. Find a passage in a general interest/popular magazine that describes the theme/topic. Photocopy and ask students to re-write it for an audience of specialists.