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Miscellaneous Homework 12: Editing Essays

Summary: You will have the opportunity to edit your colleagues' drafts with a hope of improving them.

Purposes: (1) To give you further opportunity to reflect on writing; (2) To provide evidence for your editing portfolios; (3) To help your colleagues improve their essays so that the final versions are excellent; (4) to provide us with fodder for an activity.

Assigned: Tuesday, 4 November 2003

Due: Thursday, 6 November 2003

To Turn In: Return an evaluation form and a marked-up copy of the essay to each of two colleagues. Give a photocopy of those two documents to me.


Using our standard evaluation form, the metrics that Williams has suggested, and your own reflective abilities, edit the work of two colleagues (as assigned below).



In conferences, most of you have noted that you like to see more than just this could be better or this is wrong. In particular, you'd like to see suggestions of how to improve your writing. As editors, you might consider it appropriate to provide such advice.



Monday, 3 November 2003 [Samuel A. Rebelsky]


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