Elements of Peer Conferencing Revision, Editing, Proofreading

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  • Elements of Peer ConferencingRevision, Editing, Proofreading

  • RevisionAddresses large-scale issues like:General focusPurposeContentAudienceOrganization

  • EditingAddresses smaller-scale issues like:Word choiceStyleToneEffectiveness of essays transition

  • Proofreading

    Concerns the appearance of a document. Check for:Errors in punctuationSpellingUsageTypos and errors in formatting

  • A Plan for Revision

    There are two keys to revision:

  • First

    Try to see your project through another readers eyes.

  • Second

    Give yourself enough time to decide on the changes you want to make, and then make them.

  • Dont be concerned with editing or proofreading.

    Think about the whole piece of writing.

  • Reading for RevisionTo revise effectively. Imagine you are someone who is:

    Uninformed about the topic orInformed but hold a different viewpoint

  • Reading for Revision

    Read the draft aloud and make note of any parts that need to be addressed.

    Consider the questions on the handout.

  • Making the RevisionsConsider:Do I need more info from the library?Do I need to think of more reasons and details?Do I need to rearrange paragraphs?Etc.

  • EditingRead Draft AloudMark those places that are confusing, hard to read, awkward or choppyMark punctuation and spelling errors

  • EditingUnderline all transitional words and phrases

    Are there places that need stronger transitions?

  • EditingMark any wordy phrases or sentencesLook for: run-ons, fragments, dangling modifiers, vague pronounsDo sentences starting with it is and there are require stronger, active verb?

  • EditingRe-read intro and conclusionIs opening interesting and effectively introduce the project?Does the ending pull the paper together and leave the audience satisfied?

  • ProofreadingSpelling, mechanics, and formatting dont affect the quality of your argument, but they do affect your credibility.

  • ProofreadingSpell Check is great but not perfect.

    It wont catch words like to, too and two

  • ProofreadingPrint a copy of your draft and read through carefully.

    You will catch many errors by reading aloud.

  • ProofreadingUse your peers as a second and third set of eyes.

    These eyes are fresher and will catch errors you keep skipping over.

  • Proofreading

    Make sure the draft is correctly formatted according to the assignment instructions.

  • Closing ThoughtsDont be afraid to tell your peer if something doesnt work. Constructive criticism will help them develop a worthwhile paper. Youll want a peer to help you make your paper the best it can be so return the favor.

  • CreditsSubstantial Writing Component Resource Office at the University of Texas at Austin