Ch 7: Revising & Editing Essays

About This Chapter

Get a handle on revising and editing essays with the help of this chapter. Our self-guided lessons on essay writing and editing practices give you an easy-to-access resource that you can use to create stronger essays. Use these resources for test prep, to help with homework assignments, or as a tutoring solution.

Revising & Editing Essays - Chapter Summary

A proper essay needs to be revised and edited, and this chapter shows you the steps involved in that process. These lessons give you a better understanding of the mechanical errors and issues to consider during revision. They also go over strategies for improving your writing style, editing your own papers, and editing the works of others. All of the information has been separated into bite-sized lessons, so you can quickly and easily get the help you need on any topic of your choosing. By going through the entire chapter, you will gain the knowledge to:

  • Describe agreement errors for nouns and pronouns
  • Explain verb tense and subject-verb agreement errors
  • Point out ways to improve sentence structure
  • Define parallelism in writing
  • Detail steps involved in improving and editing essay content
  • Proofread an essay for spelling and grammatical errors
  • Peer review the work of others and provide constructive feedback

11 Lessons in Chapter 7: Revising & Editing Essays
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Identifying Errors in Agreement for Nouns & Pronouns

1. Identifying Errors in Agreement for Nouns & Pronouns

Agreement does not just mean sharing the same opinion. In grammar, agreement means so much more. Watch this video lesson to learn how agreement works in our sentences.

Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

2. Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

It's important that the subject and verb in every sentence agree in number. While it's often easy to make this happen, there are a few situations in which it can be tricky to achieve subject-verb agreement. This lesson explains how you can be sure to pair the right verb with a subject.

Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

3. Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

In order to identify verb tense errors, you'll need to learn about the six verb tenses and how they differ. Once you know how to look for them, problematic shifts in verb tenses can be spotted and avoided easily.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

4. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

5. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

6. 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.

Peer Reviewing an Essay: Copyediting a Peer's Work

7. 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.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

8. 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.

How to Determine if Your Essay Addresses its Purpose

9. How to Determine if Your Essay Addresses its Purpose

Have you ever written an essay, but had no idea if you actually accomplished your goal? In this lesson, you will get several tips on how to know if you actually achieved the purpose of your essay.

How to Determine if Your Essay Addresses its Audience

10. How to Determine if Your Essay Addresses its Audience

You have written an essay, but are unsure if it is appropriate for your audience. Watch this video lesson to learn how to identify your audience and verify that your essay addresses the correct audience.

Peer Reviewing an Essay: Providing Feedback

11. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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