Why do expert writers revise so extensively? According to the Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing, there are five main reasons why expert writers revise their work:They revise to overcome the limits of memory.

Why do expert writers revise so extensively? According to the Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing, there are five main reasons why expert writers revise their work:They revise to overcome the limits of memory. “Because of the limits of short term memory, you can actively engage only a few chunks of material at any given moment…”(482).Writers revise to accommodate shifts and changes in ideas. As one writes, often ideas evolve.They revise to clarify audience and purpose. A writer wants to say something significant to an audience for a purpose.They revise to clarify structure and create coherence.They revise to improve gracefulness and correctness (482-484).Often in undergraduate writing courses, a writer doesn’t have the opportunity to revise essays. However, developing a strategy for revision adds a tremendous tool to a writer’s arsenal.

Here is an interesting video on revision:

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Task:

Please post your literature review first draft below. After reading over the material above and the material from the previous week on assessing your literature reviews, develop a short list of potential improvements that you can make in your essay/assignment. Choose specific examples from your essay/assignment.
Bean, John C., and June Johnson. (2012) Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing. By John D. Ramage. 6th ed. New York: Pearson/Longman, N. pag. Print.

Fullmer, Mark. [Markobooko]. (2009, August 15). How To Revise A College Essay. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA15NrZNzp4

Thinking About Your Topic

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Task:

Now that you’ve spent some time writing the Literature Review on your chosen topic, how has your thinking altered as the result of the work that you’ve done? As you reflect on the process, please revisit the following learning object from earlier in the semester:

Reflective Writing

Here are some questions to help you assess your critical thinking and the Literature Review. Look overthe final draft of your Literature Review.

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you read:

  • Does the Literature Review say what you wanted it to say?
  • Is it all in the right order? Are the categories clearly introduced?
  • Does it start well? Does it clearly introduce a Literature Review?
  • Does it finish with a discussion of the niche or gaps in the research?
  • Does it have the right tone?
  • Is anything missing?
  • Do you need to eliminate any sentence level errors?

See this resource for help: http://libweb.surrey.ac.uk/library/skills/study_skills/Reflective%20Writing/reflective_writing_tools.html

RLO-CETL (2009). “Reflective Writing Tools.” Digital Learning Object. http://www.rlo-cetl.ac.uk/index.php

Revise A Paragraph

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As you consider revision and what it entails, please read over the following handout from the Writing Center at Harvard.

http://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/revising-draft

In addition, please read the following information from Chapter 7, Refining Your Writing: How Do I Improve My Writing Technique?

Task:

After looking over the information in the handout and the reading, please choose a paragraph in your first draft of your Literature Review. Please point out what you want the paragraph to do, how you plan to revise the paragraph, and how the revision will help the paragraph.

Copyright Laura Saltz, 1998, and the President and Fellows of Harvard College, for the Writing Center at Harvard University.

Hagen, Maggie. (2014.). I Will Revise My Work Before Turning It In.[ Cartoon]. Retrieved fromhttp://teachers.saschina.org/mhagen/2013/09/09/the-writing-process-edit-revise-2/

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