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Enc1101 Revision Activities

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  • 1. Revision activities
  • 2. Writing with authority Underline every time you mention an author’s name. Circle every time you refer to “the article” or “the book.” Put a star next to every quote that you stick in the paragraph without setting it up/referring to the author. Put two stars next to every paragraph that starts with an author’s ideas, rather than your own. Put three stars next to every quote that you incorporate without explaining, analyzing. Highlight your argument in every paragraph. Add up your totals. What do you need to work on?
  • 3. Writing with authority Share your results with someone next to you. Brainstorm ideas for ways to write with more authority. Jot down ideas on your draft for how to resolve your problems.
  • 4. Problems with structure? Create a reverse outline: jot down the main idea behind each paragraph. Ask yourself the following questions: – Does your paper flow logically? – Was anything unclear? – Did each paragraph relate to your larger argument? – Were there any paragraphs that were difficult to categorize, that seemed out of place, or unrelated? Write a new outline using what you learned from this exercise, and use this to reorganize your paper.
  • 5. Too wordy? Trade papers with a partner. Draw a box around the main argument, thesis, or idea of the paper. Highlight your favorite sentence in the paper. Cross through one unnecessary or unappealing sentence. Find a new place for the paper to start, and write “start” at the beginning of the sentence. Find a new place for the paper to end, and write “end” at the beginning of the sentence. Cross out every word that isn’t either necessary or beneficial to the meaning of the sentence.
  • 6. Not enough variety? Go through your entire paper, and put a slash between every sentence. Count the number of words in each sentence, and write the number in the margins. Take a look at the numbers; do your sentences vary in length? Are there lots of long sentences, or short sentences, next to one another? Where can you create some variety?
  • 7. Problems with style? Circle every time you use the word “I.” Are you using the pronoun to firmly state your position, or is it a weak subjective, statement, such as “I feel”? Or is it unnecessary? Circle every time you use a form of the verb “to be.” (is, was, are, etc.). Can you substitute a more specific verb? Look for examples of passive voice. Can you make your sentences more active? – Difference between passive voice and active voice: – Passive: A study was conducted on the cuteness of baby seals. – Active: Smith and Jackson conducted a study on the cuteness of baby seals.