Editing and Revision

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A lesson about the common errors made by new college writers, recorded 2/5/08.

A lesson about the common errors made by new college writers, recorded 2/5/08.

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  • 1. Editing and Revision Dr. Gerald Lucas
  • 2. Always Proofread
  • 3. Always Proofread Check Content
  • 4. Always Proofread Check Content Mechanics and Grammar
  • 5. Always Proofread Check Content Mechanics and Grammar Structure
  • 6. Always Proofread Check Content Mechanics and Grammar Structure Style
  • 7. Titles
  • 8. Titles are necessary
  • 9. Titles are necessary get readers’ interest
  • 10. Titles are necessary get readers’ interest state a subject
  • 11. Titles are necessary get readers’ interest state a subject state a purpose
  • 12. Titles
  • 13. Titles Cell Phones
  • 14. Titles Cell Phones Cell Phones: A Call to Action
  • 15. Titles Cell Phones Cell Phones: A Call to Action Cell Phones: Dangerous Road Hazards
  • 16. Titles Cell Phones Cell Phones: A Call to Action Cell Phones: Dangerous Road Hazards Safer Cell Phone Usage
  • 17. “This”
  • 18. “This” use “this” only as an adjective
  • 19. “This” use “this” only as an adjective do not use “this” as a pronoun
  • 20. “This”
  • 21. “This” This is dangerous while driving.
  • 22. “This” This is dangerous while driving. This practice is dangerous while driving.
  • 23. “This”
  • 24. “This” This deserves a closer look.
  • 25. “This” This deserves a closer look. This idea deserves closer examination.
  • 26. Point of View
  • 27. Point of View “pov”
  • 28. Point of View “pov” First-person = “I,” “me”
  • 29. Point of View “pov” First-person = “I,” “me” Third-person = “They,” “Them,” “Their”
  • 30. Point of View “pov” First-person = “I,” “me” Third-person = “They,” “Them,” “Their” Second-person = “you,” “we,” “us,” “ours”
  • 31. Never use the second- person pov to mean “anyone in general”
  • 32. Point of View
  • 33. Point of View You should never arrive at a party too late or leave too early.
  • 34. Point of View You should never arrive at a party too late or leave too early. Guests should never arrive at a party too late or leave too early.
  • 35. Point of View
  • 36. Point of View You were graded on your content and your mechanics in writing your essay.
  • 37. Point of View You were graded on your content and your mechanics in writing your essay. Students were graded on their content and their mechanics in writing their essays.
  • 38. Professions of Faith
  • 39. Professions of Faith What I believe to be the most visible evidence that Charlie . . .
  • 40. Professions of Faith What I believe to be the most visible evidence that Charlie . . . In my personal opinion, everyone deserves at least a second chance.
  • 41. Professions of Faith What I believe to be the most visible evidence that Charlie . . . In my personal opinion, everyone deserves at least a second chance. I feel that technology should be controlled . . .
  • 42. Professions of Faith
  • 43. Professions of Faith The most visible evidence that Charlie . . .
  • 44. Professions of Faith The most visible evidence that Charlie . . . Everyone deserves at least a second chance.
  • 45. Professions of Faith The most visible evidence that Charlie . . . Everyone deserves at least a second chance. Technology should be controlled . . .
  • 46. Quotation Marks
  • 47. Quotation Marks “Period.”
  • 48. Quotation Marks “Period.” “Comma,”
  • 49. Quotation Marks “Period.” “Comma,” “Semicolon”;
  • 50. Quotation Marks “Period.” “Comma,” “Semicolon”; “Colon”:
  • 51. Quotation Marks “Period.” “Comma,” “Semicolon”; “Colon”: “Question”? “Exclamation”!
  • 52. Quotation Marks “Period.” “Comma,” “Semicolon”; “Colon”: “Question”? “Exclamation”! “Question?” “Exclamation!”
  • 53. Quotation Marks
  • 54. Quotation Marks One of the major themes that tie in with this is that of Charlie’s “split identity”.
  • 55. Quotation Marks One of the major themes that tie in with this is that of Charlie’s “split identity”. One of the major themes that tie in with this is that of Charlie’s “split identity.”
  • 56. Quotation Marks
  • 57. Quotation Marks In Joyce’s “Araby”, the narrator explores this current state by looking back at the past.
  • 58. Quotation Marks In Joyce’s “Araby”, the narrator explores this current state by looking back at the past. In Joyce’s “Araby,” the narrator explores this current state by looking back at the past.
  • 59. Semicolon / Colon
  • 60. Semicolon / Colon ; = Independent Clause ; IC
  • 61. Semicolon / Colon ; = Independent Clause ; IC “Indian Camp” showcases Indian oppression; it brings the reality of racism to the forefront.
  • 62. Semicolon / Colon ; = Independent Clause ; IC “Indian Camp” showcases Indian oppression; it brings the reality of racism to the forefront. : = an announcer
  • 63. Semicolon / Colon ; = Independent Clause ; IC “Indian Camp” showcases Indian oppression; it brings the reality of racism to the forefront. : = an announcer From the first paragraph the atmosphere is dark: the blind street, the imprisoned boys, houses with imperturbable faces.
  • 64. Very Really Quite Alot Nice . . .
  • 65. Very Really Quite Alot Nice . . . Avoid these
  • 66. Contractions
  • 67. Contractions Avoid them
  • 68. Contractions Avoid them don’t = do not
  • 69. Contractions Avoid them don’t = do not won’t = will not
  • 70. Contractions Avoid them don’t = do not won’t = will not shouldn’t = should not
  • 71. Contractions Avoid them don’t = do not won’t = will not shouldn’t = should not they’ll = they will
  • 72. Spelling
  • 73. Spelling Look up words you do not know
  • 74. Spelling Look up words you do not know Never trust the spell checker
  • 75. Spelling Look up words you do not know Never trust the spell checker homonyms
  • 76. Spelling Look up words you do not know Never trust the spell checker homonyms their - they’re
  • 77. Spelling Look up words you do not know Never trust the spell checker homonyms their - they’re than - then
  • 78. Spelling Look up words you do not know Never trust the spell checker homonyms their - they’re than - then Check style manual in your comp handbook
  • 79. Possessives
  • 80. Possessives Do not confuse with plurals and vice versa
  • 81. Possessives Do not confuse with plurals and vice versa Singular possessive: society’s
  • 82. Possessives Do not confuse with plurals and vice versa Singular possessive: society’s Plural possessive: societies’
  • 83. Possessives Do not confuse with plurals and vice versa Singular possessive: society’s Plural possessive: societies’ Plural: societies
  • 84. Possessives Do not confuse with plurals and vice versa Singular possessive: society’s Plural possessive: societies’ Plural: societies Possessive: its (no apostrophe)
  • 85. Possessives Do not confuse with plurals and vice versa Singular possessive: society’s Plural possessive: societies’ Plural: societies Possessive: its (no apostrophe) Contraction: it’s (it is)
  • 86. Pronouns
  • 87. Pronouns Number (singular or plural) must agree with its antecedent (singular or plural)
  • 88. Pronouns Number (singular or plural) must agree with its antecedent (singular or plural) Incorrect: Every person has their biases.
  • 89. Pronouns Number (singular or plural) must agree with its antecedent (singular or plural) Incorrect: Every person has their biases. Correct: Every person has her biases.
  • 90. Pronouns Number (singular or plural) must agree with its antecedent (singular or plural) Incorrect: Every person has their biases. Correct: Every person has her biases. Incorrect: Everyone has their quirks.
  • 91. Pronouns Number (singular or plural) must agree with its antecedent (singular or plural) Incorrect: Every person has their biases. Correct: Every person has her biases. Incorrect: Everyone has their quirks. Correct: Everyone has his quirks.
  • 92. Pronouns
  • 93. Pronouns Every student must turn in their homework.
  • 94. Pronouns Every student must turn in their homework. Every student must turn in her homework.
  • 95. Pronouns Every student must turn in their homework. Every student must turn in her homework. Every student must turn in his homework.
  • 96. Pronouns Every student must turn in their homework. Every student must turn in her homework. Every student must turn in his homework. All students must turn in their homework.
  • 97. Active Voice
  • 98. Active Voice Use active voice whenever possible
  • 99. Active Voice Use active voice whenever possible The book was written by the professor.
  • 100. Active Voice Use active voice whenever possible The book was written by the professor. The professor wrote the book.
  • 101. Active Voice Use active voice whenever possible The book was written by the professor. The professor wrote the book. Look for a form of “be”: is, was, am, etc.
  • 102. Unsure about something? LOOK IT UP!
  • 103. ©2004 Gerald Lucas