Strategies for Individual and Peer Editing
- Editing for Style
- writing appropriately for audience, purpose and form.
- using the appropriate level of formality, (tone, voice, word choice, source citations).
- creating continuity in a piece of writing, (unity, coherence, logic).
- creating variety,
- structure: sentence type, sentence opening, sentence length, sentence order, clause order, phrase placement, transition placement;
- diction: making points in different ways.
- using words effectively by replacing
- weak or boring words
- words with inappropriate connotation or level of formality
- inappropriate slang expressions or jargon
- imprecise, ambiguous or confusing words
- meaningless words
- clichés, trite and overused words
- avoiding wordiness by eliminating
- unnecessary words, phrases or clauses
- overdeveloped elaboration
- using correct grammatical forms
- writing correct syntax
- using correct words and word form
- avoiding mechanical errors
- identifying and correcting grammar errors, e.g.: verb tense, verb form, modals, number, agreement, word order, word form, pronoun reference, prepositions, articles, possessives, modifiers, tense, person or number shifts, parallelism.
- identifying and correcting structure errors, e.g.: coordination, subordination, logic, fragment, run-on, comma splice, parallelism, confused phrasing.
- identifying and correcting diction errors, e.g.: wrong word, inappropriate word, wrong word form.
- identifying and correcting mechanical errors, e.g.: punctuation, spelling, capitalization, use of quotations, underlining, format (titles, headings, margins, indenting, etc.), handwriting.
- Taking responsibility for:
- attendance and punctuality
- classwork and assignments
- participation and teamwork
The instructor will facilitate, observe and evaluate students' participation in writing activities. Whole and small group instruction will be combined with individual assistance and student directed learning. Students will participate in the setting of goals by identifying their writing and language development needs, and will participate in the selection of learning activities.
A mastery model of on-going evaluation will be used. A student will reach mastery when s/he has demonstrated through satisfactory completion of exercises, assignments and other assessments that the course objectives have been achieved.
Where formal tests of specific skills are used, mastery will be defined as a score of 70% or more.
Progress will be monitored on a regular basis by the instructor in consultation with each student.
By developing specific strategies, students will improve their ability to identify, analyze and solve problems in language use in a piece of writing by:
- editing for style, conciseness and accuracy.
- proofreading for basic errors in grammar, structure, diction and mechanics.
Materials will be supplied.
Students may be required to purchase a text.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
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|There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.|