Revision - Revision 1 Revision Editing and Proofreading...

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Revision 1 Revision, Editing and Proofreading Matters "I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil." --Truman Capote Why? This final step is the one that is most frequently skipped over by beginning writers, even though spending time on this final part of the process can significantly improve the final assessment of the writing under consideration. By eliminating the typos in your paper, by smoothing over the infelicities in phrasing, and by clarifying your transitions, you remove the distracting elements from your writing that might pull your readers' attention from your argument. You send a clear signal that you value your own ideas. By doing a good job of proofreading, you are implicitly saying that you recognize that there is an important relationship between WHAT you have to say and HOW you say it! Having written your essay, this is the stage where you move from a writer-centered paper to a reader -centered paper. How to do it (REVISION EDITING PROOFREADING) 1. Identify Higher Order Concerns (HOCs) and Lower Order Concerns (LOCs) Higher Order (Revision) Lower Order Thesis Sentence structure (Editing) Audience/Purpose (“so what?”) Word Choice ( Editing) Organization Grammar ( Proofreading) Development Punctuation ( Proofreading) Consistence of Spelling and Capitalization (Proofreading) 2. REVISE Large-Scale Revision (GLOBAL) This kind of revision involves looking at the entire paper for places where your thinking seems to go awry. You might need to provide evidence, define terms, or add an entirely new step to your reasoning. You might even decide to restructure or rewrite your paper completely if you discover a new idea that intrigues you, or a structure that seems to be more effective than the one you've been using. This is what we have mostly done in peer editing this term. - What is my main idea? Is my idea clear? Is it compelling? - Does my paper have an organization? Topic sentences? Transitions? - Does my thesis develop throughout the paper? - Do I use the right texts and textual evidence? Small-Scale Revision (LOCAL) Small-scale revision needs to happen when you know that a certain part of your paper isn't working. Maybe the introduction needs work. Maybe one part of the argument seems weak. Once you've located the problem, you'll focus on revising that one section of your paper. When you are finished you will want to reconsider your paper as a whole to make sure that your revisions work in the context of the entire paper. - What idea does this paragraph or section address? How could it do it better? - Can the reader follow my logic in this section? - Do I use the right evidence here? (idea quote, example quote) - How well does my analysis examine the evidence? - Can I be more explicit and clear about my logic in this section?
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Revision - Revision 1 Revision Editing and Proofreading...

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