English Composition I
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- People hate the thought of revision
- Because they don’t understand it
- ReWRITING is a lot of extra work
- But ReVISION doesn’t have to be
- Especially if you followed the writing process in the first place
- Revision is a second (third, fourth, etc) chance to get it right
- Nobody gets it right the first time
- Revision is an opportunity, not punishment
- Understanding what revision actually is makes the process less difficult and frightening
- In the course of drafting your rough draft, you’ve already revised
- Every time you make a change, it’s a revision
- The Revision phase of the writing process is just a more focused effort
- It’s about paying attention to what you created and asking questions about it
- The Revision phase of the writing process is about the big picture, not the small stuff
- Focuses on thesis, audience, organization, paragraph breaks, description, etc.
- Rarely goes below paragraph level
- Never goes below sentence level
- A chance to Re-vision your draft
- Re-write it in some cases (but not all)
- Basically it’s about asking questions about what you wrote
- Trying to read it like a reader, not a writer
- Did you accomplish what you set out to do in the draft?
- Don’t assume that the answer will always be negative
- Most of your decisions/writing is solid
- We are looking for the EXCEPTIONS the few places where it could be improved
- Revision is not a punishment
- It’s a second chance to get it right
- We are looking for the few elements that aren’t quite right
- We are concerned with big picture stuff only
- We are going to question everything
- We’ll only change the few weaker areas
As you revise, ask yourself some of these questions:
- Can the reader determine the thesis/purpose from the essay?
- Do the intro & conclusion support the thesis?
- Is there a clear and consistent tone?
- Does the topic fit the format/assignment?
- Is there a clear conclusion (or does it just stop?)
- Does each body paragraph move the essay forward?
- Is each body paragraph clearly connected to the overall thesis/purpose?
- Is the information explained completely and clearly?
- Are there any unnecessary extra details or descriptions (any digressions) ?
- Is the description realistic?
- Do the details help the essay or distract from the thesis?
- Is the word choice appropriate for the audience/assignment?
- Are the sentences clear and to the point?
- Is the tone appropriate for the audience/assignment?
- Is the intended audience identified in some way?