Constructive Revision: Breaking out of the Editing Prison

Students who are new to the writing process often approach revision from a sentence-level perspective. They can edit and proofread but often have trouble figuring out how to begin substantive content revision. By providing an opportunity to practice and discuss substantive revision on an example paper, students will both gain insight into their own revision tendencies as well as learn the difference between revising and editing.

Course Name: 
WRD 110
Assignment Type: 
Classroom Activity
Group Activity
Lesson Plan
Assignment Length: 
One Class Period
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Preparation Guidance and Instructor Advice: 

This activity works well when accompanied with the homework reading "Shitty First Drafts" by Anne Lamott, which I have also provided in a supplemental link.

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