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Revising an Essay - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll review the steps and tips needed to accurately revise an essay. Our lessons cover how to catch and fix mistakes in your writing, the best ways to edit the content of your essay and the best proofreading strategies to help you revise incorrect grammar and spelling. You can work at your own pace as you move through the chapter on your mobile device, tablet or computer. Each lesson is followed by a multiple-choice quiz to help check your understanding so you'll know if you're ready to move on. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to:
- Evaluate the reasoning used in an article or essay
- Successfully edit essays by other writers
- Provide feedback to other writers when revising their work
- Review another writer's essay specifically for grammar
- Use copyediting techniques to review another writer's essay
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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