Week 11

This week we are finishing up our rhetorical analysis essay. essay3-rhetorical-analysis-assignment-description

Full Length Draft, Mon 4/3 midnight - D2L for participation check; Final Draft for in-class proofreading, Thurs 4/6; Uploaded for a grade Fri 4/7 Midnight


1. General Questions and Reminders

  • Questions about rhetorical analysis?
  • Questions about sources?
  • Reminders about revision – (you should cut at least 150 words from your RD, maybe more! You should also add words and move things around). A decent revision probably requires at least 30% change. It is more about quality than quantity, but if 70% of your final essay is original, it's only half cooked. Put it back in the oven.

2. Track Changes

You will need to demonstrate your changes again with this essay for revision credit. MS Word Online allows you to automatically record changes visually.

3. Use “Revising Substantially” Ch11 They Say I Say

See Ebook Link to Ch 11 via D2L - Use Firefox

This chapter includes 10 tips for revising. Review each one and then use it to implement one or more changes in your draft.

1. Think Globally; 2. Still Sweat the Small Stuff; 3. Read Your Own Writing; 4. Have Others Read Your Own Writing Too; 5. Go Back to the Text; 6. Does Your Example Say What You Say it Says? 7. Keep Asking 'As Opposed to What?'; 8. Move it Up!; 9. Take Your 'Uh-oh' Moments Seriously; 10. Don't Let the Mess Show

1. Re-read your work and revise

2. See Revision Checklist on page 165; check again!

3. Review your feedback on Essay 2 in D2L. What lessons or issues might apply to this essay?

4. Bring a complete revision to class Thursday

Bonus Option: Submit proof that you have attended and incorporated feedback from a Writing Center Tutoring session? You will receive a 10% bump to your essay grade AND a deadline extension to Sunday midnight


Proof Reading Essay 3

Format and required elements

Review the assignment, insure you have a proper header, page numbering, Title, and Works Cited page with at least three properly documented sources. Use MLA style citation for sources unless you indicate otherwise. Follow MLA guidelines in other areas link with one exception: please use single spacing.

Proofreading Strategy

See these tips from the Purdue Owl. Good editing of your own work requires practice and disciplined attention.

Read Once for Common Errors

See the following guide to common errors. Make sure you have no run-ons or comma splices.

The Little Seagull has more extensive resources on Editing the Errors that Matter (section E) Link

Read Again for Consistency And Clarity

Did you use many statistics? Make sure you are spelling out numbers like 1,000,375 consistently.

Did you refer to the first author of a source by his last name? Then make sure you don't switch and refer to the second author by her first name.

Read Again for Quote integration

Is every source cited clearly in the body of the paper and listed, accurately, in the Works Cited page? Do you appropriately mention the author's last name? If you mention titles, do you properly put the “Article Title” in quotation marks and a publication title like The New York Times in italics?

Do you consistently frame your quotes with an introductory sentence or phrase that leads smoothly, and grammatically, into the quotation? Do you then comment upon or interpret the quote?

NOT: In the article by The New York Times it quotes as “something brilliant.”

BUT: Kevin Roos accurately describes “something brilliant” about ChatGPT in his New York Times article “My Thoughts on Chat GPT” which was published in 2022.

Read Again for Paragraphing

Does each paragraph have one clear, main idea?

Does each paragraph have a topic sentence that crystalizes that idea and links to the thesis?

Transitions: Is each paragraph integrated into the whole with phrase or sentence-long transitions (ending one paragraph or beginning the next)? (“Additionally, …” or “Also, … ” or “Another example…” are not sufficient transitoins.

Read One Last Time for Your Personal Blind Spots

What are mistakes that your Prof or other teachers have often noted in your writing? Do you have a weak area or make a common mistake? Take a moment to review how to fix it, then look for instances in your writing.

Do you use passive voice or over-use verbs like “is” and “are”? Do you

Finish your essay, uploading 1) draft and 2) revised, proofread version by Friday midnight. (You have until Sunday midnight if you earned an extension by seeking Writing Center feeback; be sure to upload confirmation of your writing center visit).