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The 4th essay of the semester will explore revision as a process of writing. All too often, I believe revision gets mixed up or lumped up with editing when the two terms are quite different. However, while editing can be a small and likely final step of revision, revision is not part of the editing process.
REVISION: Think of the actual structure of this word. “RE” as a prefix means “back” or “again.” “VISION” in this context is to see, think, etc. Thus, revision is to think back and think again. Revising a piece of writing includes:
Restructuring an argument for logic, flow, etc.
Republishing paragraphs for different details, new ideas, etc.
Rethinking, researching again, etc.
EDITING: This process is often equated to “polishing” a piece of writing, but I like to think of it as fine-tuning. I am no mechanic by any means, but I can understand that building an engine is complex. Editing, in this metaphor, is making the final adjustments. Editing is looking at an almost complete piece of writing and carefully examining each word, sentence, paragraph, etc. I had a writing instructor in undergrad who said, “I should be able to point out any random word, punctuation, sentence, etc., ask why is it in your piece of writing, and get a really good, accurate answer.”
You will be revising your Unit 1 essay by expanding the content and research. This is the chance to demonstrate what you have learned by building a revision portfolio.
Unit 4 – The Revision Portfolio:
This portfolio will include the following items (in order of first to last):
The originally graded Unit 1 essay,
a revision narrative, and
the expanded / revised Unit 1 essay.
All items above will be combined into a single file and submitted to the appropriate assignment portal.
The portfolio will has a rationale for what is included. The original is present to help refresh me of where things started. The narrative that explains the changes for both new and old material. Making choices for a piece of writing needs to have some sort of strategy, so if a main point paragraph has some hefty rewriting, the narrative will provide insight on why. What was “off” the first time around? Why do you think the new version is better?
The Portfolio Requirements:
The version I graded just as you originally submitted it.
Around 500 words in length
This narrative will be essay format (paragraph form) but can mix in some bullet points.
Unit 1 Revisions (for expansion):
New Length: 1000-1200 words in total (works cited page counts toward length).
New Research: 1-2 secondary sources added.
The new research requirements will help foster the expanded synthesis requirements.
Synthesis: At least 2 clear moments of synthesis.
The revisions will need to showcase the explicit connection of sources as supporting evidence for the argument
Putting It All Together:
This is important and the most common mistake I see. All of this needs to be combined into a single file in the following order (1st being the first thing I see when viewing your work):
(1st) Unit 1 – Final publish (the originally submitted publish I graded)
(2nd) Revision Narrative
(3rd) Unit 1 – Revised
For the most part, the page layout and formatting are the same; however, combining multiple documents requires attention to a couple minor things.
Heading for each item in the portfolio:
1st line: Your Name
2nd line: ENGL 1302.###
3rd line: Dr. Lenz
4th line: Which document: Unit 1 – Final publish, Revision Narrative, or Unit 1 – Revision publish
5th line: ## Mon. Year
Page break between all major sections.
The rest of the layout and formatting is the same:
1″ margins all around
Proper paragraph alignment:
Left for headings, body paragraphs, and works cited entries
Center for titles
Times New Roman, 12 point font, all black
You can use this template that I have made available: 1302 – Revision Portfolio Template.docx Download 1302 – Revision Portfolio Template.docx
This is worth quite a chunk of your overall grade, so the grading will be based on:
Quality and depth of revisions
Feedback will be somewhat sparse as time is not quite on my side. However, I will utilize a rubric as a checklist of major components and formatting to get grading started. However, there are some common mistakes that are very costly.
Grounds for an automatic failing or zero (0) grade can be but not limited to the following:
attached (like to a comment) instead of uploaded,
submitted as multiple files,
minimal revisions made / not to expanded length, etc.
DUE by 10 am on Wednesday, 8/17.