Students are given a piece of ‘poor’ writing They work in groups of three to critically evaluate the excerpt. The playful idea here is that we can learn to evaluate good writing by identifying the clichés, etc, of bad writing. It is a less intimidating exercise than critiquing high literature, but teaches skills in evaluation and discrimination nonetheless. This works well with stylistic approaches to literary texts.
For example an excerpt from a Mills and Boone novel could be examined in regard to the distribution of agency (female v male)