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SUGGREVS.DOC Suggestions for Revisions in EH 102
All work for this class must be your original writing. No typing or working on first drafts or assistance (on substance or mechanics) with written assignments from others is allowed. There will be a few times during the semester where peers from the class will be encouraged to make comments that will help your revisions. Do not otherwise ask advice from others about the substance and technical specifications on your papers. I will explain my rationale for these policies in further detail during class.
For all work in this class, revisions are an expected part of the written exercises and are accordingly incorporated into the grading. REVISION means substantial expansion and rewriting, NOT simply fixing up the small mechanical errors!
I always allow options on my essay and paper assignments, and I see my aim as a reader of your papers as that of steering you into how you can say better what you want to say. For papers 1, 2, 3, and 4, a "quiz grade" is given on the first draft. All quiz grades are based on a scale of 10.0 = 100. If you receive an 8.5, this is equivalent to a numerical percentage of 85. You are not necessarily guaranteed a B on the final version of the paper. There may be usage errors I will not mark for correction on the first draft. My main goal in reading your preliminary drafts is to see whether you are "on track." Do not be surprised if I suggest considerable expansion and need for further detail. Final papers are given two letter grades, one for content and one for mechanics. Serious problems in length and organization may affect both grades. For the Research paper, the MAJOR grades are on the first complete draft: usually four letter grades, weighted to poem, personal, sources, topic, plus a grade on the Log. Revisions are nevertheless crucially important to the completion of the full assignment, and a Substantial rewrite can raise your Preliminary grade.
When you turn in work, you are expected to include any rough notes written in hand, any handwritten drafts, preliminary printouts that have subsequently been revised, with the most recent, or finished draft, on top. My graded version of the preliminary draft must always be resubmitted for me to be able to read the revision. For the research paper (and perhaps for other assignments I will announce), you will need to use a pen, pencil, or marker on the final clean copy to indicate substantial new sections from the previously graded draft.
Even though some of my assignment directions seem lengthy and detailed, a great deal of your success relies on your ability to select and focus a thesis which you are committed to. Most of the previous writing you have done in class situations may have stressed "correctness" more than originality of interpretation and depth of analysis, which for me count highly.
I may, through the semester, introduce technical exercises to spur your habits of rewriting. Occasionally, I will use the lab for peer editing exercises. I will ask permission of a student and the student will be present for any student paper that is discussed in this way. The class will be given directions on how to view at the terminal a read-only version of the file.

Marking symbols may be used and whenever in doubt about a correction I suggest, by all means ASK. Here are some common ones that you should be familiar with:


AGR Agreement: the verb and subject do not agree in number. Never use a plural pronoun with a singular verb and vice versa. Also used to mark when pronouns do not agree. AVOID using "they" and with a singular verb or another pronoun that switches they to singular. "Everyone must do his/her own work" is more correct than "Everyone must do their own work."
REF Unclear or imprecise referent. Make clear what the pronoun refers to, or find an alternate word to the unclear pronoun.
VB Tense agreement or verbs used wrongly. Never use "Being" as a main verb or "Being that" as an introduction to a clause.
REP Repetitious.
FRAG Sentence fragment. You MUST be able to recognize why its a fragment and correct.
PASS Passive voice. Find a way to switch to active.
FS Fused sentence: this is when two independent clauses are strung together without an appropriate conjunction or punctuation.
CS Comma Splice: see USAGEAND.DOC file for correction suggestions.
RUN-ON Too many clauses in a sentence.
WW Wrong Word.
AWK Awkwardness in phrasing and grammatical construction.
PUNCT Punctuation errors.
sp. Spelling: Learn to use the spell checker, even on preliminary drafts.
SP Signal phrase error: Review integrating quotations. Always provide a lead-in to material you quote, introducing the source.
There will be a number of markings where I simply circle the error. YOU SHOULD KNOW WHY I HAVE CIRCLED SOMETHING! Make sure to ask someone if you do not. See further comments in the USAGEAND.DOC file for additional guidelines for style. Note well: as a general rule, only Final drafts are submitted to My Drop Box. If unidentified sources turn up in this process, it obviously can retroactively affect any preliminary grades as well.

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