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English 10: Class Notes  September 27, 2001

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In yesterday's class, students worked together in a writing workshop called, "Old Hands: Revision with an Audience of Peers."

Notes from the class held Wednesday, September 26, 2001 From Brad. Written after the two classes had concluded.

More than half the students wrote on the restricted topic, "Why I have returned to this school." While interesting, these paragraphs did not fulfill the assignment.

About a quarter of the students wrote on the above topic AND on the required topic, "Your advice to new students, advice that could save them time and trouble." Because the students mixed the topics, the paragraphs were only partly effective.

A few students did exactly as the assignment requested. The most successful of them used personal experience combined with a lesson to be learned for a new student. It was clear that these writers had the needs of the new student in mind when writing. I was most impressed and have requested that those students submit their writing to our newsletter, "The Pearson Patter."

To remember from this lesson:

Audience. Writing for a specific reader (audience) ensures successful communication with others.

Revision. Revision is "seeing again" AND it is also making major changes to the "ideas" in your work, to make them clearer to others, your intended audience.

Proofreading. Well worth doing, and doing well. Make it a point to proofread every FINAL copy before handing in for marking. Do not proofread too early as it will increase your workload unnecessarily.

 

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