Errors Analysis and Revisions Project
Having drafted the essay on the detrimental effects of cell phone use in college, 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 each of the editing errors that were marked on your paper.
You will turn in the revision along with your errors analysis document for my (re)evaluation.
So you will 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.
- First, you will need the evaluated copy of your essay, with the grading marks and my comments.
- Refer to the Norton Field Guide to Writing, 2nd Ed./Handbook to discern the nature of the error (e.g., P-7, S-5a, P-1b, etc.).
- Study lessons in order to learn how to identify and overcome the types of errors marked on your paper. Here are some resources:
- With each editing, punctuation, grammatical, or documentation error that needs to be changed, you will do this:
- First, by hand, number the error on the marked copy of the paper which I have returned to you using any color of ink except black, and circle that number;
- then consult the handbook, so that you understand what the error is, why it should be changed, and how to correct it.
- Correct the first error on your graded paper and number it 1, using any color of ink except black, and circle that number. Number the correction on the marked paper by hand so that it corresponds with the number on your errors analysis document. When you make the correction on the final draft, do not type the numbers on the corrected copy; pen them in. See the sample.
- On the errors analysis document, type the number 1 for the first error you are correcting and explain, in your own words and in complete and grammatically correct sentences why you made the correction. This is the errors analysis document.
6a. 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.
6b. 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.
6c. 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.
- When you are finished, you will turn in 1) the marked paper with the errors numbered by hand in colored ink, 2) the edited, printed final draft with the corrections numbered by hand to correspond to the graded draft, 3) the errors analysis document, with corrections explained and numbered to correspond to both drafts of the paper.
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