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Editing the extended definition

  1. 1. Editing Your Extended Definition Essay English Composition
  2. 2. Peer or Self Editing Are you taking the time to carefully read and check the boxes on the peer editing sheet or are you just going through the motions? Remember, your writer is counting on you to help point out problems before he/she writes the final draft. Be true to your job as an editor and do not take shortcuts! Help others as you wish to be helped yourself. If you are self editing, be honest and do not just checkmark down the sheet.
  3. 3. Giving Credit Where Credit is Due For this particular assignment, you will not need to hand in a Works Cited page, but you can document your source(s) within the text of your paper. You might do something like this: According to the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000, the definition of passion is “…” (Online).
  4. 4. Eight Count Eight Count is a method used to help you improve your word choice by making you aware of the level of your writing. You can’t fix it if you don’t know that it is broken, right? 1. Select 8 sentences Divide run-ons; count as individual sentences. Do not include introductions or conclusions. 2. Count words that have three or more syllables in those 8 sentences.
  5. 5. Eight Count Do Count: words with three or more syllables “higher level” one/two syllable words or mature phrasing Do Not Count:  simple two syllable words + ing/ed/es  any word more than twice  a multi-syllable word used incorrectly  a proper noun  words provided in the prompt
  6. 6. 3. Convert word count to grade level. 0-5 = 3rd grade vocabulary 5-10 = 5th grade vocabulary 10-15 = 8th grade vocabulary 15-20 = high school vocabulary 20 + = pre-college vocabulary Is the level of your diction rising? Eight Count
  7. 7. Ratiocination Step 1: Using TWO different colored pencils, underline every other sentence throughout your essay with alternating colors. Step 2: Circle the first word of every sentence in a new color. Step 3: With another new color, place a triangle around any semicolons that you have used.
  8. 8. Ratiocination Step 4: With your fifth color, draw a rectangle around transitional words and phrases that introduce paragraphs. Step 5: Mark out every VERY and A LOT that you see on the paper with an X. Step 5: Check for sentence variety. Are you writing a blend of simple, compound, complex, compound-complex sentences? Step 6: Revise your paper based on findings. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR YOUR ROUGH DRAFT YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH THE 8 COUNT AND RATIOCINATION AND YOUR ROUGH DRAFT MUST BE HANDED IN AT THE SAME TIME AS YOUR FINAL COPY.
  9. 9. When is my paper due? The final copy of your paper is due at the beginning of the next class period. Your paper should be typed in 12 pt font and doubled spaced. Use a standard font that is easy on the eyes. BE SURE TO USE SPELL CHECK BEFORE YOUR PRINT YOUR PAPER! The heading for your paper should be in MLA format.
  10. 10. MLA Heading Format TOP LEFT: Your first and last name Mrs. Buche EC/CR Today’s date – in this format: 20 November 2010
  11. 11. Points For This Assignment Essay – 300 points Wordle – 100 points – The wordle must have your primary word printed as the largest on the sheet and your 3 or 4 subtopics of the word written in a smaller font. AVOID BLACK BACKGROUNDS. Peer/Self Editing – 100 points Ratiocination & 8 Count Rough Draft – 100 points Works Cited – 100 points – Graphic Org 100 800 points TOTAL