AP style pong

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Teach college students Associated Press Style and other writing mechanics with this version of a game they know well. Created by journalism instructor Joe Grimm at Michigan State University. Please keep credit intact.

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AP style pong

  1. 1. AP Style Pong By Joe Grimm Michigan State University School of Journalism joe.grimm@gmail.com
  2. 2. Equipment • Table • 20 Solo cups • Plenty of Ping-Pong balls • AP style questions • 1 stylebook for ref • Journalism students
  3. 3. Rules • Teams take turns trying to toss ball into opponents’ cups. • Answer questions to defend cups. • Correct answer keeps cup on table. • Challenges are allowed, but can cost you.
  4. 4. Scoring • One cup, one question • Two cups, two questions • Two in same cup, three questions • Rollbacks get you a lefty or behind the back
  5. 5. The questions
  6. 6. Realtor or realtor
  7. 7. The school had their field day. or The school had its field day.
  8. 8. See Coach, Kelly Gee, now. or See Coach Kelly Gee now.
  9. 9. Paint the Dumpster. or Paint the dumpster.
  10. 10. firefighters or firemen
  11. 11. Act like a 4 year-old. or Act like a 4-year-old.
  12. 12. The law is 8 years old. or The law is eight years old.
  13. 13. I like Dixie cups better. or I like dixie cups better.
  14. 14. I need a Band-Aid. or I need a band-aid.
  15. 15. I’m at 67 Main St. or I’m at 67 Main Street.
  16. 16. I told you 1,000 times. or I told you a thousand times.
  17. 17. I slept till 11:00 a.m. or I slept till 11 a.m.
  18. 18. through or thru
  19. 19. The church had its picnic. or The church had their picnic.
  20. 20. It’s at Wilson Rd. and Red Cedar Ave. or It’s at Wilson Road and Red Cedar Avenue.
  21. 21. (517) 321-9816 or 517-321-9816
  22. 22. I wore jeans. or I wore Jeans.
  23. 23. Come on Apr. 17. or Come on April 17.
  24. 24. Cincinnati or Cincinatti
  25. 25. Ohio or Oh.
  26. 26. Cincinnati, Ohio or Cincinnati
  27. 27. Columbus, Ohio or Columbus
  28. 28. My everyday dress or My every day dress
  29. 29. I dress every day. or I dress everyday.
  30. 30. Guts round • No stylebook • No phone • No mercy!
  31. 31. A quickly-held talk or A quickly held talk
  32. 32. Quran or Koran
  33. 33. Women’s rights or Womens’ rights
  34. 34. I eat lots of Spam. or I eat lots of spam.
  35. 35. miniscule or minuscule
  36. 36. Valentine’s Day or Valentines Day
  37. 37. pingpong or Pingpong
  38. 38. Capitol building or Capital building
  39. 39. New York Times or “New York Times”
  40. 40. summer or Summer
  41. 41. Windbreaker or windbreaker
  42. 42. Our governor, Rick Snyder or Our Governor, Rick Snyder
  43. 43. glamour or glamor
  44. 44. 50% or 50 percent
  45. 45. W. Grand Blvd. or West Grand Boulevard
  46. 46. versus or vs.
  47. 47. Feb. 21st or Feb. 21
  48. 48. Euro or euro
  49. 49. Go east on Main. or Go East on Main.
  50. 50. March 17, 1960 or March 17 1960
  51. 51. He moved South. or He moved south.
  52. 52. Who won the challenge ?

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