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Ch 7: The Essay Revision Process

About This Chapter

Develop the skills you need to revise an essay with the lessons in this chapter. This chapter's helpful resources can be used to work toward course credit or prepare for exams.

The Essay Revision Process - Chapter Summary

With this chapter, you can study methods for editing, proofreading and reviewing essays, both those you have written and those written by others. You'll develop a sense of how to edit an essay's content and get some tips that can help you correct grammar and spelling. The short video lessons take less than ten minutes to review and can be accessed 24/7 from any device. Lesson transcripts can also be printed so you can create handy reference materials. The brief self-assessment quizzes can be used to measure your readiness in moving from one lesson to the next. After you complete this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Identify and fix writing mistakes in your essays
  • Improve the content of your essays
  • Use proofreading methods for grammatical and spelling mistakes
  • Evaluate the reasoning in an essay or article
  • Apply peer editing and reviewing methods for grammar, copyediting and feedback

8 Lessons in Chapter 7: The Essay Revision Process
Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

1. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

2. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

3. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

4. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

5. Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

Alfred Sheinwold once said, 'Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.' A great way to improve your own writing is by editing the writing of others - especially when you have to find the not so obvious mistakes. That is what we will be learning in this lesson - how to edit the work of other writers. The biggest benefit will be in helping you avoid those same mistakes in your own writing.

Peer Reviewing an Essay: Providing Feedback

6. Peer Reviewing an Essay: Providing Feedback

In this lesson, we'll examine specific focus areas of concentration for peer reviewing an essay for content. Further, we'll inspect a sample essay and look at possible peer review feedback.

Peer Reviewing an Essay: Reviewing an Essay for Grammar

7. Peer Reviewing an Essay: Reviewing an Essay for Grammar

In this lesson, we will learn how to peer review an essay for grammar. Further, we will examine an unedited essay and provide an example describing effective feedback.

Peer Reviewing an Essay: Copyediting a Peer's Work

8. Peer Reviewing an Essay: Copyediting a Peer's Work

In this lesson, we'll learn about the benefit of copyediting for both grammar and content. You'll learn how to edit a peer's essay and be provided with an example of an essay to practice edit.

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