• Today I would like you to consider the importance of making a text "polished" before submitting it for evaluation.
    • What value does editing have to your audience?
    • In what ways are your editing practices representative of you as an author (and a member of the Academic Discourse)?
  • Consider these questions, as well as other ideas you may have about the editing part of writing, then freewrite when I ask you to begin.

Techniques for Successful Editing

  • When editing, it is important to be thorough. You can accomplish this with a few simple tricks:
  1. We often commit the same mistakes repeatedly. Keep a list of problems that recur and check for those.
  2. Read the paper aloud watching and listening for anything that sounds incorrect.
  3. Ask yourself why you put punctuation marks in certain places. Do you need to check any punctuation rules?
  4. For possible spelling errors, proofread backwards, from the end of a line to the beginning.
  • Common grammar mistakes to look out for:
  • Let's take a little test to see how well you're able to identify grammatical mistakes!
  • Remember that writing academically requires that you follow the rules of Academic Discourse. Just like communicating in other discourse communities, your credibility and stature depend on your ability to perform in the manner of the Dominant Discourse (it's empowering!!)

Essay Submission Guidelines

  • Let's discuss how you can upload your essay to the wiki, rather than turning it in physically.

  • If you choose to turn it in physically, there will be a crate outside my office for you to put your printed essays in.


  • Turn in your Literacy Autobiographies on time and don't miss your conference time!
  • Over the weekend, please read Rhetorical Reading and the Construction of Meaning by Haas and Flower on page 120 of your Writing About Writing text.
  • Don't forget to go to History Lecture on Friday!
  • If you're interested in improving your speaking skills, check this out: