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1301 essay1

  1. 1. Peer Editing<br />for<br />Writing Argumentative Papers<br />
  2. 2. Proofreading<br /> According to Jan Madraso,“Proofreading is a reading skill, but it ‘involves a deliberate effort to counteract the “normal” process of reading’ (Harris1987, 464). When we read, we read for comprehension. Our eye movements are rapid, too rapid to see the details within words—failing to see some words at all (West 1983, 287). As soon as we grasp the meaning when reading for comprehension, our eyes move ahead. Significantly, ‘we see what we expect to see. The brain corrects for omissions and oversights’ (West 286-87). It is not surprising, then, that simple reading is not an effective proofreading strategy” (32).<br />Madraso, Jan. “Proofreading: The Skill We’ve Neglected to Teach.” English Journal 82.2 (1993): 32-41.<br />
  3. 3. Objective<br />Get with your peer group<br />Take out a sheet of paper for comments<br />Select a reader<br />Read for content and style<br />Don’t worry about grammar and punctuation<br />
  4. 4. Introduction<br />Read the first paragraph aloud<br />Answer the following questions: What is the thesis statement? Is it clear? Where is it located? Does its position seem appropriate within the context? Are there other issues with the intro? Is it too short? Long?<br />
  5. 5. Body<br />Exchange papers<br />Read everything but the conclusion<br />Write comments relating to style and content as you read<br />Ask the following questions: What are the arguments? Do they relate to the thesis? Are there other concerns?<br />
  6. 6. Read the conclusion aloud<br />Answer the following questions: Does the conclusion reflect back on the thesis? In what way? Does it resolve the essay’s central arguments? Are there any major content or style concerns? What are your concerns?<br />Discuss any remaining issues<br />Conclusion<br />

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