Assignment: Editing Your Draft

STEP 1: Open the draft of the essay you submitted for the CARES Peer Review. If you haven’t yet reviewed and incorporated your peer’s suggestions, spend some time doing that.

STEP 2: Now, take a look at your current draft. As you read through (and make any necessary changes), ask yourself the following revision and proofreading questions:

  1. Content: Does the content of this project fulfill the purpose of the assignment? Will the audience be persuaded by the ideas and evidence? What strategies could I use to improve the content?
  2. Structure: Is the organization of the project appropriate for the purpose of the assignment? Will the audience find the project well-organized and logical? What strategies might I use to improve the structure?
  3. Style: Does the style of the project align with the purpose of the assignment? Will the audience recognize the style as appropriate and effective? What strategies might I use to improve the style?
  4. Grammar and mechanics: Will readers be hindered and irritated by errors in grammar and mechanics? Will errors in grammar and mechanics damage my ethos as a writer? What strategies might I use to edit and proofread the project?

STEP 3: Write down your responses in 3-5 sentences per section. Use the questions within each section to prompt your thought, but feel free to consider other questions related to each topic as well. Use specific detail and/or quotes from your essay when applicable.

STEP 4: Write a final one or two-paragraph reflection about your revising and editing experience. Has it been helpful? What kinds of things did you find in your writing? Was anything surprising? What lessons can you learn for future writing assignments?

Rubric

Criteria Proficient Developing Not Evident Points
Content Clearly and thoroughly addresses how the project fulfills the assignment and persuades the audience, and discusses strategies to improve content. Partially or unclearly addresses how the project fulfills the assignment and persuades the audience with partial/unclear discussion of strategies to improve content. Does not sufficiently address how the project fulfills the assignment and persuades the audience or discuss strategies to improve content. __/4
Structure Clearly and thoroughly addresses the project’s organization and discusses strategies to improve structure. Partially or unclearly addresses the project’s organization with partial/unclear discussion of strategies to improve structure. Does not sufficiently address the project’s organization or strategies to improve structure. __/4
Style Clearly and thoroughly addresses how the project’s style aligns with its purpose and audience, and discusses strategies to improve style. Partially or unclearly addresses how the project’s style aligns with its purpose and audience, and partially/unclearly discusses strategies to improve style. Does not sufficiently address how the project’s style aligns with its purpose and audience or discuss strategies to improve style. __/4
Grammar & Mechanics Clearly and thoroughly addresses how grammar and mechanics affect the project’s readers and the writer’s ethos, and discusses strategies for proofreading and editing. Partially or unclearly addresses how grammar and mechanics affect the project’s readers and the writer’s ethos, and partially/unclearly discusses strategies for proofreading and editing. Does not sufficiently address how grammar and mechanics affect the project’s readers and the writer’s ethos or discuss strategies for proofreading and editing. __/4
Reflection Writes a thoughtful reflection demonstrating lessons learned from the revising and editing process Writes an incomplete reflection or one that does not demonstrate lessons learned Does not reflect upon the revising and editing process __/4
      Total __/20

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