Instructions: Before beginning the "Errors Analysis Project," work InQuizitive lessons on the grammar and punctuation errors which have been marked on your paper. Additionally, at the bottom of each punctuation and grammar section of the Little Seagull Handbook, there are links to many more interactive exercises. Go to those sources and work those exercises or lessons before editing your essay and before doing the "Errors Analysis Project" so that you have a better idea of what to look for and how to correct the errors.
You are responsible for correcting your own errors and learning how to avoid making them again. These resources are your ticket to "Destination: Top Grades!" Remember, also, that, for ease of navigation and to increase understanding of the handbook conventions, you can bookmark any section, add your own notes to any section, and even have the section read aloud to you simply by highlighting the text in any given area.
Having drafted the essay on communicating as a professional and having been graded on that draft, you will do three things with the paper in the next stage of the development process, which I call the Errors Analysis project. For the Errors Analysis project, 1) you will edit and revise your paper to make it perfect. 2) You will write an analysis, in your own words--not quoted verbatim, of the editing errors in your paper. 3) You will turn in the revision along with your errors analysis document for my (re)evaluation.
Youíll turn in hard copy of three things--the graded papers which I have already marked, the corrected and revised copy of the essay, and the errors analysis document. The three documents should look like this sample. This is the process:
5a. Do not copy or explain verbatim from a handbook why you have made a correction. I want you to explain the corrections in your own words so that it is clear to me that you understand what the problem is and how to correct it.
5b. Do not simply describe what change you have made; Iíll be able to see that in the final draft. For example, "I forgot to put in a comma," doesnít show that you know why the comma was needed. "Commas should separate a series of modifiers," shows that you understand that convention for use of commas, which is handbook rule P-1c. The errors analysis can be tedious and repetitive, but that is good. Repetition reinforces understanding, and you donít want me to have to keep marking the same editing errors in the rest of your work this semester because you will not like your grades if I don't see improvements.
5c. If itís not clear to me that you understand what the errors are, how to fix them and, therefore, how to avoid them hereafter, you wonít recieve credit for the errors analysis assignment. Pretty tough, huh? The errors analysis is an important way to learn how to avoid repeating the same errors in subsequent papers, so be conscientious and do it well.
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