Monday, July 13, 2009

Revision Guidelines

To get credit for revision, you must adhere to the following:

Revision Guidelines

You are allowed to revise your first essays. You are not allowed to submit an essay that was not previously submitted – this is not a make-up assignment.

All revisions are due on Monday, June 16, 2014. You are responsible for scheduling a conferencing appointment, or seeing me during office hours if you want to discuss your revisions.


Revision, real revision, is perhaps the most important aspect of becoming a better writer. To improve as a writer, you must be willing to write in ways you have not written before, be willing to try new things, to take risks. Successful writers revise their work several times before they are comfortable that what they have written is the best work they can produce. The goal is to achieve the best possible written work you are capable of producing.

What is revision?

To be a revision, an essay must demonstrate significant change in global issues such as focus (what the paper is trying to accomplish), arrangement (how the paper is organized), or development (amount and relevance of detail and/or support for generalizations). If you haven’t actually changed the original essay, I will simply hand it back to you without other comments. Note: Simply correcting errors in spelling, punctuation, usage or grammar (though expected in a revision) does not count as revision because such corrections do not meet the above criteria.


To receive credit for revising an essay, you must do all of the following:

• highlight and explain any additions and/or changes that you made to your draft

• write a Reflective essay explaining your revisions; for example, you need to explain why and how you changed the essay’s focus. Why you rearranged, or added more information. Etc.

• submit only the original graded draft, the revised draft, a reflection essay, and the Rubric.