Editing Skills - Word Choice
Lesson Plan Text
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Choose the most appropriate word for the introduction of this
The 1) medium/media of writing, from 2) antique/ancient times to today, has been
used as a powerful means to divulge the writer’s aim, to 3) influence/effect people’s
ideology, to give a 4) moral/morale lesson, and for many other reasons. The power of
the pen, if used skilfully, can arouse revolutionary ideals, love and hatred. It can 5)
rise/raise people to heights and throw them into the limelight or, on the other hand,
throw them into misery and dishonour by stripping them of all their fame.
A good, modern, and recent example could be Storace, the president of The Italian
region of Lazio and member of Alleanza Nazionale, who tried to ban all 6)
historical/historic textbooks written by Marxists from Italian high-schools, as he
thought that the ideas in these books could corrupt and influence the younger
generation’s understanding of the 7) contemporary/contemporaneous history of Italy.
Similarly, many of the 8) ancient/old writers had a specific aim and purpose, and show
a strong bias in their works. Thus my task in writing this essay will be, firstly to
understand myself what the aims of two Augustan writers were; Caesar and Livy, in the
De Bello Gallico, for the former; and in the Ab Urbe Condita, for the 9) latter/later.
Secondly, I will try to give an overview of these aims.
This is taken, with permission and a lot of gratitude, from a composition by a former student.