Practical Strategies for Revision, Editing and Proofreading to Help Achieve More Exemplary Papers E-Book
This book helps students understand that true revision often involves restructuring on a "deep" level--from recasting whole paragraphs to adding more elaboration, explanation of textual evidence, and checking for coherence in their reasoning. Editing usually focuses on sentence structure, word choice, voice, avoiding such pitfalls as slang or clichés, choppy sentences, redundancy, and others. Proofreading is checking for grammatical/mechanical errors that detract from a paper's overall effect. All three steps in the process come with student-friendly, fun skills sheets specifically designed to help students understand step-by-step how to make their essays come "alive" and achieve exemplary scores. You will not be disappointed.
|Practical Strategies for Revision, Editing and Proofreading to Help Achieve More Exemplary Papers
|Subjects Covered||Revision, Editing & Proofreading|
|Grade Levels|| Middle School, High School
6 - 12th
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Revision, Editing and Proofreading
Many students think that once their rough draft is completed, the next step is checking the spelling (if that) before the final copy is ready for their teacher's evaluation. The problem, of course, is that they have skipped three vital steps in the writing process: revision, editing, and proofreading. Usually, it is safe to say, that it is not by choice but by lack of understanding of what these stages entail. This e-book defines the terms, gives young writers practice in each, and helps them achieve exemplary essays.
Revision is the most difficult phase in that it might mean when students "step back to re-see" their work, they realize that they need to restructure entire paragraphs.
- Does their introduction have a hook and thesis?
- Does each body have a topic sentence, necessary transitions, and sufficient elaboration/support for each point?
- Is there a cohesiveness that the reader can follow?
- Does the conclusion have a "re-hook" and restatement of the thesis not in the same terms?
If not, it's back to the drawing board with the help of input from their peers and teacher.
Editing can actually be fun as it is the point at which the writer can check that his/her voice is evident and works toward maintaining the "flow" of the paper. Students know when their papers are "boring," but often they don't know how to rectify the situation. With practice in figurative language inclusion, sensory imagery, and specific word choice, and more, even the most reluctant student can see an immediate improvement. They are then ready to move to checking for tone consistency, choppy sentences/sentence combining, redundancy, adages and clichés—anything that will detract from the overall effect of their essay.
Proofreading can be done in stages with the help of partners or a set of peers. Papers should be checked for everything from run-ons and fragments to subject/verb agreement and pronoun usage. This e-book contains easy-to-implement exercises in all areas of grammar/mechanics that will make students confident when turning their final essays in for a well-deserved stamp of approval.