Freewrite

  • Today, you should have a good sense of what message your essay conveys. Think about the way you've set up your argument and consider what concept of you, the author, your reader will have. Will they consider you a passionate and involved participant in your topic? Will they get the sense that you've discovered something new and interesting about your topic? Freewrite for 5-10 minutes about who you are to your essay's audience, as conveyed by your writing.

Editing

Editing is a form of finalizing our writing for publication. With that in mind, it can be intimidating trying to pinpoint particular errors that went unnoticed while composing our drafts because we usually try to write with as few errors as we can in the first place! But editing is not always just about fixing errors; editing is also an opportunity for us to rethink the way things are worded, adjust our structure for more facilitated reading, and transform sentences that feel awkward or unclear.

Let's take time today then, to practice this with a sample paragraph. Once we've had time to look this over, we can discuss it as a class.

One thing that example doesn't ask us to look for is passive and active form. Changing your wording in this way can make your argument stronger and more convincing.

Homework

  • Bring 3 copies of your draft for peer review!