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All good writers revise and edit. Whether it is a document that will be widely read or for personal use, revision is an essential part of the writing process. The process of revising and editing involves more than using a spellchecker; it involves looking closely for opportunities to improve clarity, professionalism, and style.

The revision process involves seeking out opportunities for feedback. However, receiving ineffective feedback makes it difficult for writers to improve their writing, whether that feedback is too harsh, too vague, too overwhelming, etc. The goal of this assessment is to show how being purposeful in giving and receiving constructive feedback will greatly improve your overall writing skills.

In this task, you will make edits and suggest revisions for a piece of unedited, unrevised work. You will submit a marked-up copy of your chosen text along with a written response.

REQUIREMENTS

Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. The similarity report that is provided when you submit your task can be used as a guide.

You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.

Tasks may

not

be submitted as cloud links, such as links to Google Docs, Google Slides, OneDrive, etc., unless specified in the task requirements. All other submissions must be file types that are uploaded and submitted as attachments (e.g., .docx, .pdf, .ppt).

A.  Discuss revision and editing strategies by doing the following:

1.  Explain

2–4

actions that are part of the revision process.

2.  Explain

2–4

actions that are part of the editing process.

3.  List the order in which the actions explained in parts A1 and A2 should be performed.

B.  Select

one

of the following attached texts to revise and edit, and then submit the text with at

least

five

clearly marked edits or revisions:

“College Is Expensive”

“Contact Sports”

“Daycare Cover Letter”

“McMurphy’s vs Buster Bronco’s”

Note: The writing quality of the original, unedited document will not be evaluated.

Note: You can revise and edit the document by hand or by using an editing function on a word-processing document (e.g., track changes in Word).

C.  Explain the reasons why you made

three

of the edits or revisions in part B.

D.  Provide a written response to

four

of the following questions about your chosen text:

What elements make the introduction successful/unsuccessful at drawing you in?

In the paragraph you find the strongest, what does the writer do to make the paragraph effective?

In the paragraph you find the weakest, what could the writer do to make the paragraph stronger?

Which areas could the writer expand, or which areas would you like to know more about?

What emotions does the essay evoke for you?

Which areas do you find confusing?

Which points, if any, do you feel are unfair or not considered thoroughly?

Which elements make the conclusion successful/unsuccessful at leaving you satisfied?

What is the best thing about this essay?

If the writer could only make

one

change, which change would have the greatest effect?

College is Expensive!
Everyone who has ever thought about college has wondered, why is it so
expensive? Why does one college cost $2000 a year and one cost
$20,000? Is one college really better than another? What does that money
cover? Why is nobody doing anything to lower cost? Shouldn’t we doing
everything we can to make education accessible to all? In this essay I will
be discussing why college is so expensive. The topics are professors’
salaries, books, and room/board.
Books can be very costly at school. I have spent hundreds of dollars on
books for a single class, only to never open them and not be able to return
them when the semester is over. The next semester, I have to buy a whole
new set of books. According to Bresiger (2015) books are expensive on
purpose! He says that textbook companies purposely make editions go out
of date so that students will have to spend more money on buying new
books rather than older books. Books are also expensive when they have
lots of color pictures and graphs. Sometimes publishers will also add CD
ROMS or other “extras” that are not needed. While it’s handy being able to
take notes, books can all be online, making them easy for all students to
access.
Room and board are also another expense. When you live in the dorms,
you often spend thousands of dollars just to live in a shabby room with
people you don’t know or like. With this expense also comes loud people
who like to party and poor quality food. It can make it really hard to study
with such terrible neighbors. Most colleges also offer food plans that are
supposed to save money, but these plan can really add up. The price of a
meal plan at Texas A & M can be more than $1200. But this doesn’t even
cover all your meals and many students choose to eat off campus,
especially if they are going on dates or meeting up with friends. All of the
unused money just goes to waste if they do not buy the meals (Reed,
2014).
Obviously, one of the biggest costs that college students have to pay for is
college professors salaries. According to an article from Payscale (2011),
college professors can make as much as $180,000! How is this possible
when some teachers only make $40,000. Is one professor worth four times
as much as another professor? Will one professor really improve your odds
at getting a job after you graduate? Some professors do not even hold a
doctorate degree!
All these reasons, professors’ salaries, textbooks, and room and board,
explain why college is so expensive. Going to college is important because
you can improve your chances of getting a better job after graduating, but
universities and law makers need to work together to lower costs. If we
want to have an educated society we need make it so that everyone who
wants to better themselves can.
References
Bresiger, G. 2015. “Here’s the Reason Your College Textbook Are So
Expensive.” https://nypost.com/2015/09/05/heres-the-reason-why-yourcollege-textbooks-are-soexpensive/#:~:text=Textbooks%20are%20costly%20because%20publisher
s,new%20book%2C%E2%80%9D%20he%20says.
“College Professor Salary – Average Professor Salaries – PayScale.”
PayScale – Salary Comparison, Salary Survey, Search Wages. Payscale,
12 Nov. 2011. Web. 17 Nov. 2011.
.
Reed, A. 2014. “Report: Millions of dollars left on the table from Texas A&M
fall semester dining plans” https://theeagle.com/news/local/report-millionsof-dollars-left-on-the-table-from-texas-a-m-fall-semesterdining/article_2174bef5-08a8-582f-a7cbab61c5b3108d.html#:~:text=The%20price%20of%20the%20meal,%2C%20
Gig%20’Em%20and%20Reveille.

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