Summary: In this assignment, you have the opportunity to improve your research papers.
Purposes: To give you the opportunity to correct problems with your research papers. To give you the opportunity to apply more of Williams's principles.
Assigned: Tuesday, 2 December 2003
Due: 8:00 a.m., Thursday, 11 December 2003
Turning it in:
editing sample(see below) to class and give it to Sam.
Background: I had hoped that the many stages involved in writing your research papers would lead to excellent results. I am confident that each of you can write well, apply the principles of editing that we have discussed in class, find and cite authoritative sources and appropriate cases, transition smoothly between and withing paragraphs, provide a clear and compelling point, and argue that point successfully. However, some of your essays need some more work to reach that standard.
In order to help you achieve these goals, I have made some comments on your essays and in this assignment. I hope that you find these comments useful.
The Assignment: Rewrite your essay. You should consider and probably incorporate my comments. However, you should not limit yourself to the corrections I have suggested. You should think carefully about the overall structure of your essay, the point of each paragraph, the flow of ideas, and the language you have used to convey your thoughts.
You will not have another chance to rewrite your essay for a better grade!
Some Details: In addition to addressing global issues, like structure and point, you should also make sure to treat the following details correctly.
thisas a pronoun.
Internetare proper nouns. Capitalize them.
Editing Sample: In addition to your revised essay, you must turn in a one-page example that shows that you've carefully thought about your writing. In particular, you must pick one paragraph from your essay (other than one we dissected in class), mark all of the characteristics that Williams might criticize, and rewrite that paragraph.
I would, of course, prefer that you follow this process for every paragraph in your essay. However, you need only show me one such paragraph.
FAQ (or Some Facsimile Thereof)
Rewriteon my essay and I don't rewrite the essay. What will happen?
Monday, 1 December 2003 [Samuel A. Rebelsky]
I usually create these pages
on the fly, which means that I rarely
proofread them and they may contain bad grammar and incorrect details.
It also means that I tend to update them regularly (see the history for
more details). Feel free to contact me with any suggestions for changes.
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