Nothing too interesting to report from Wedneday's class. Since their diagnostic essays showed some problems with the typical FYC suspects -- comma splices, run-ons, and fragments, I made a quirky little Powerpoint and then had the students do an exercise. BUT -- somewhere in the craziness of the morning, I forgot the exercise I prepared so I winged it instead ... And I think it worked better! I had the students open up a new Word document on their computers (we meet in a lab) and write a short paragraph on their weekend plans in which they had to intentionally make as many mistakes as they could in relation to these three common error patterns. What fun! They loved "writing badly" -- afterwards, I had them do a shuffle "dance" where they switched seats and got to fix each others' problems. I think fun was had by all. Before they left class, I had the students print off their resulting paragraphs and I think I am going to get them to play with them once more at the beginning of tomorrow's class.