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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