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Revising and Editing - By Amenda Werner

00:01 revising and editing . What's the first thing that comes
00:06 to mind when you think about revising a paper ?
00:09 Many students will come up with responses like I hate
00:12 rewriting . I already did the best that I could
00:14 with my first draft , or I wait until the
00:17 last minute to write my paper , so there's never
00:19 time for revision . Even worse , some students see
00:23 revision as a punishment for not doing well on their
00:26 first draft . Well , I'm here to tell you
00:28 that revision is not a punishment at all , but
00:31 a crucial part of writing that shouldn't be dreaded .
00:34 Ernest Hemingway revised the last page of a farewell to
00:37 arms 39 times before he was happy with it 39
00:42 times . That's because most good writers used the process
00:46 of revision to make improvements to their writings . In
00:49 fact , most writers been significantly more time on the
00:53 revision process than on the initial writing process . What
00:57 you see and published textbooks , novels , poetry and
01:00 almost every other type of writing is usually the result
01:04 of not the writers first draft , but of careful
01:07 revision through the adding , deleting , substituting and rearranging
01:11 of material until it suits the writers purpose and audience
01:14 as close to perfectly as possible . This should show
01:18 you two things . One , even great writers air
01:21 capable of bad writing and too great writers keep at
01:26 it until they get it right . Revising can be
01:29 very time consuming process . Writers can spend weeks ,
01:33 months and even years on working on revisions . This
01:36 is often while you'll see multiple editions of works being
01:39 published , many authors continuously find ways to improve their
01:43 writings . I hope that all of you will keep
01:46 this in mind and working on your own revisions this
01:48 week . Try not to see the process is an
01:51 annoying yet mandatory task required by your writing teachers .
01:55 Instead , look at it as a chance to polish
01:58 and perfect your papers . Like the pros , dio
02:03 editing is also an important step of the rewriting process
02:07 . Some students confused these two steps or believe them
02:10 to be the same thing . Keep in mind that
02:12 while revising consists of adding , deleting , substituting and
02:16 rearranging material to better suit , the authors , purpose
02:19 and audience editing is simply the reviewing and fixing of
02:23 grammatical , mechanical and stylistic errors that may have been
02:28 overlooked the first time around . While equally important ,
02:31 editing is typically not , as time consuming are complicated
02:34 as revision . Both revising and editing typically require several
02:39 different cycles . Revising a paper for form clarifying the
02:43 message and reworking to reach a particular audience usually comes
02:48 in the early cycles of rewriting , while the stylistic
02:51 concerns of adding commas , correcting spelling errors and rewording
02:55 through editing come later . Also try to remember that
02:59 both of these stages don't necessarily need to be thought
03:01 of as the steps that come at the end of
03:04 a writing process . Many writers revise and edit as
03:07 they go writing a sentence or paragraph here , then
03:11 returning to revise a previous sentence or paragraph as they
03:14 attempt to mold their writing to suit their purpose and
03:16 audience finding grammatical mechanical errors . Along the way ,
03:20 however , all good writers return back to these steps
03:24 again and again until they're satisfied with the end result
03:28 . Though the rest of your essays in this course
03:30 won't be as closely monitored for revising and editing as
03:33 your first essay , it is important to set aside
03:36 time for these steps and everything you write , whether
03:39 you like to write quickly and heavily revised and edit
03:41 later , or revise and edit as you go ,
03:44 leaving you with less to fix later . So how
03:49 do you complete thes steps ? The suggestions presented and
03:53 the rest of this video can be used to guide
03:55 you through the entire rewriting stage . Keep in mind
03:59 that these do not have to be followed in this
04:00 particular order , but I do suggest at least trying
04:04 it this way for your first attempt in future revisions
04:07 . You may choose to complete some of these tasks
04:09 at the same time , or you may run through
04:12 each of them separately . As you become a more
04:14 experienced rider , you will find the ways that work
04:17 for you . You can choose to print out your
04:19 draft and right revisions directly on the paper , or
04:23 you can use a word processor to make your change
04:25 is the most important parts of revision work to redefine
04:29 in authors purpose and audience . Reassess the message ,
04:33 reshaped the discourse and realign their meaning with linguistic forms
04:41 . Since getting your message across is the most important
04:44 part of writing a paper , I suggest starting with
04:46 finding the purpose first . One piece of advice I
04:49 like to give my students regarding rewriting is to not
04:52 try to do it all at once . Instead ,
04:55 I suggest doing a little revising here and there and
04:58 then returning back to your work a day or two
05:00 later and reading it over again . Oftentimes , you
05:03 will be able to find further ways to clarify your
05:06 message every time you come back to it . Another
05:09 piece of advice is one I've been stressing all semester
05:12 long . Have someone else read over your paper to
05:14 check for clarity . Check to see if the message
05:17 that they receive from your writing lines up with the
05:20 message that you intended to get across . If not
05:23 , ask what parts through them . Off course again
05:26 , though this past week we had the benefit of
05:28 a more formal peer review to get you started in
05:31 this direction , you won't have this advantage with every
05:34 piece you write . I highly suggest requesting your classmates
05:37 or friends reviews on all of your future writings .
05:40 Ah , point that you tried to make that you
05:43 may have thought to be obvious , for example ,
05:45 may have been missed completely by your reader . Defining
05:50 your audience is also important . First , think about
05:53 who you are writing your paper for , then look
05:56 over your paper again to get a feel for the
05:58 tone that you use . Ah , paper used for
06:01 entertainment purposes may sound light and cheery and may even
06:04 use humor to keep its audience engaged . Ah ,
06:07 professional scholarly paper typically has above average readers as its
06:11 audience . Here , the author is likelier to use
06:14 , ah , higher level of vocabulary and diction .
06:17 Whatever your audience , maybe it's important to use the
06:20 tone appropriate to them and to stay consistent throughout .
06:23 Here's some questions to use as the checklist when revising
06:27 for your purpose and audience . What's the most important
06:30 thing I want to say about my subject ? Who
06:33 am I writing this paper for ? What would my
06:35 reader want to know about the subject ? What does
06:37 my reader already know about it ? Why do I
06:40 think the subject is worth writing about ? Will my
06:43 reader think the paper was worth reading ? What verb
06:46 explains what I'm trying to do in this paper ?
06:49 For example , tell a story . Compare X ,
06:51 and why describe Z etcetera after you've done your best
06:58 to clarify your purpose and audience work towards reshaping your
07:01 paper in a way that makes the most sense and
07:04 get your message across to the reader as clearly as
07:06 possible . Make an outline of your paper and check
07:10 to see if the organization is still conducive to your
07:13 overall purpose . Sometimes , even if you make an
07:16 outline prior to writing your paper , you may find
07:18 that your original structure didn't work as well as you
07:21 thought it would . This step of revising consists of
07:24 adding , subtracting , substituting or rearranging whole chunks of
07:29 material until you come as close to perfect as you
07:31 can , with the ultimate goal of getting your message
07:34 across to the reader as clearly as possible concerning overall
07:39 organization . Ask yourself the following questions . How Maney
07:43 specific points did I make about my subject ? Did
07:46 I overlap or repeat any points ? Did I leave
07:49 any points out or add some that aren't relevant to
07:52 the main idea ? How many paragraphs did I used
07:55 to talk about each point ? Why did I talk
07:58 about them in this order ? Should the order be
08:00 changed ? How did I get from one point to
08:03 the next ? What sign posts did I give the
08:05 reader after you've done your best to correct the overall
08:11 structure of your paper , do the same thing for
08:13 each individual paragraph you can improve paragraphs by one .
08:18 Adjusting the topic sentence to adding , deleting , substituting
08:23 or rearranging supporting details . Three . Improving transitions for
08:28 clarity or four reorganizing sentences to change where the emphasis
08:33 lies . Think back to our previous lesson on paragraph
08:37 ing and make sure each sentence is somehow related to
08:40 the others . Delete any material that isn't for every
08:45 paragraph . Ask yourself these questions . What job is
08:49 this paragraph supposed to dio ? How does it relate
08:51 to the paragraph before and after it ? What's the
08:54 topic idea ? Will my reader have trouble finding it
08:58 ? How many sentences did it take to develop the
09:00 topic idea ? Can I substitute better examples , reasons
09:04 or details ? How well does the paragraph hold together
09:08 ? How maney levels of generality does it have ?
09:10 Are the sentences different lengths and types ? Do I
09:14 need transitions ? When I read the paragraph out loud
09:17 ? Does it flow smoothly ? Finally , work on
09:22 correcting any sentence problems that you may come across .
09:25 First check to make sure each sentence could be considered
09:28 a complete sentence . Oftentimes , and experienced riders may
09:32 accidentally right sentence fragments , run ons or common spices
09:36 that might not be caught without a re reading at
09:39 this point , you can also go ahead and check
09:41 for sentence variety . If every sentence has written in
09:44 the same way , you might bore your reader writing
09:47 that uses sentence Variety is likelier to come off as
09:51 more professional , and your reader will know that you
09:53 worked hard and spent time organizing your writing in the
09:56 clearest way possible . Instead of just quickly jotting down
09:59 your ideas of the last minute . As you're doing
10:02 this , go ahead and check for repetition as well
10:05 . You don't want to use the same words over
10:07 and over again , or it will look like you
10:09 didn't put any effort into your writing . Consider using
10:12 a thesaurus is necessary , right ? Clicking on a
10:15 word in Microsoft Word gives you the option of finding
10:19 synonyms for it , which makes this step rather easy
10:22 . Another method to consider is cutting out the lard
10:25 , a term that scholar Richard Lin um uses to
10:28 refer to extra words and phrases that are unnecessary and
10:32 may obscure the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph
10:35 . Here's an example from his book Revising pros original
10:41 . I think that all I can usefully say on
10:43 this point is that in the normal course of their
10:46 professional activities . Social anthropologists are usually concerned with the
10:50 third of these alternatives , while the other two levels
10:53 air treated as raw data for analysis . And here's
10:57 the revision . Social anthropologists usually concentrate on the third
11:01 alternative , treating the other two as raw data .
11:06 This one is 15 words instead of 44 giving it
11:09 a large factor of 66% . Ask these questions of
11:15 every sentence which sentences in my paper . Do I
11:18 like the most the least ? Can my readers see
11:21 what I'm saying ? Does the sentence contain lard that
11:25 needs to be cut out ? Can I combine these
11:28 sentences with another one ? Can I add adjectives and
11:31 adverbs or find a more lively verb ? By now
11:37 you have completed several different cycles of revision , each
11:40 with a separate reading of your draft . First you
11:43 read it to evaluate your overall message and the relationships
11:46 established among the reader , writer and subject . Next
11:50 , you read to test the overall organization of your
11:53 paper and another reading you examined paragraph structure and another
11:58 sentence construction in diction . The final step is to
12:02 clean up the surface features such as punctuation , mechanics
12:06 and spelling , though most of you have a pretty
12:09 firm grasp on these concepts . Some of you might
12:12 benefit from a trip to the writing center . You
12:15 can also try reading your paper backwards to spot the
12:17 more obvious mistakes . Such a spelling errors . Ask
12:21 yourself the following questions after you at it . Did
12:24 I check spelling and punctuation ? What kinds of words
12:28 do I usually misspell ? What kind of punctuation problems
12:31 do I usually have ? How does my paper end
12:34 ? Did I keep the promises I made to the
12:36 reader at the beginning of the paper when I read
12:39 the assignment again , did I miss anything ? What
12:42 do I like best about this paper ? And how
12:44 can I improve my next paper this week ? Your
12:49 main task will be to revise and edit your papers
12:52 . I hope to see some significant revisions in your
12:54 final drafts , which is due by the end of
12:57 the week . At this point , you will have
12:59 practiced all of the steps of the writing process for
13:01 this essay , including pre writing , outlining , drafting
13:05 , revising and editing . Okay , though we won't
13:08 spend as much time on each of these steps on
13:10 future essays , you should make sure to continue following
13:14 these guidelines on your own . Now that you've got
13:16 a better understanding of the writing process , though ,
13:18 you're welcome to use the whatever board to work with
13:21 your classmates on reviews . I hope that your confidence
13:24 in your writing is starting to rise . At this
13:26 point . Get ready to celebrate the completion of your
13:28 first essay and have a great week .


In this video students learn the difference between revising and editing.


Revising and Editing is a free educational video by Amenda Werner.It helps students in grades 2 practice the following standards W.2.5.

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1. W.2.5 : With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.





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