Ch 16: Revising & Improving Written Works

About This Chapter

Learn how to edit and proofread works written by yourself and others. Explore methods of editing for mechanics and content, as well as proofreading for spelling and grammar, in these video lessons covering self and peer editing.

Revising and Improving Written Works - Chapter Summary

This chapter explores editing and proofreading techniques, including how to improve content and mechanics in your own writing, how to proofread, and how to edit works by others. Common writing pitfalls are discussed, along with solutions to these problems.

As you progress through this chapter, you'll learn how to improve essay content, and correct mistakes in your writing. Proofreading for spelling and grammar, including capitalization rules, will also be explained. By the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • Writing revision
  • Editing for mechanics and content
  • Proofreading
  • Self-editing and peer editing
  • Common writing pitfalls and how to avoid them

Short, engaging video lessons, accompanied by lesson transcripts, thoroughly explain how to improve written works. You can test your understanding of each lesson with self-assessment quizzes, and revisit key points from the videos using the jump feature. Knowledgeable instructors are available to answer any questions you may have.

10 Lessons in Chapter 16: Revising & Improving Written Works
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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.

Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

3. Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

Find out what 'editing for mechanics' means and how to apply it to your writing. Learn what to look for when you're editing for mechanics, and then take a quiz to test your new skills.

Editing for Content: Definition & Concept

4. Editing for Content: Definition & Concept

Learn what editing for content means and how it's different from editing for spelling, punctuation and grammar. Review the list of things to look for in a content edit. Read the lesson, and then take the quiz to test your new knowledge.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

5. 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.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

6. Capitalization Rules in Writing

Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.

Self-Editing: Definition & Concept

7. Self-Editing: Definition & Concept

Self-editing is an arduous task that most writers do not particularly enjoy. It's tedious and often times grueling. But it's also necessary. Learn how to make the process easier and ultimately improve the overall quality of your writing.

Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

8. 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 Editing Essays: How to Help Another Student with Writing

9. Peer Editing Essays: How to Help Another Student with Writing

After writing an essay, your teacher asks you to switch papers with another student and do a peer review. What do you do? What do you look for? How do you help that student improve his paper? This video lesson will answer those questions and give you tips on how to complete a thorough peer review.

Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

10. Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

In addition to all the other things you do while writing an academic essay, you'll need to think about how to avoid common pitfalls. This lesson discusses how to steer clear of some common problems.

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