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Premium member Presentation Transcript What Is Revision?- Part One : What Is Revision?- Part One Revision is not just : Revision is not just Checking for spelling errors Fixing errors in grammar and punctuation Revision is much more : Revision is much more Revision also involves : Revision also involves rethinking rearranging and rewriting How has the use of computers affected the revision process? : How has the use of computers affected the revision process? How has the use of computers affected the revision process? : How has the use of computers affected the revision process? Revision is now spread out through the process of writing rather than being done at more separate discrete points. There are many tools easily available to help with revision. How has the use of computers affected the revision process? : How has the use of computers affected the revision process? Sadly, most English instructors (and a few research studies) have found that using the computer has not had a significant positive impact upon the revision process. Why not? : Why not? Tips for Revising with the Computer : Tips for Revising with the Computer Use the tools but know their limitations Spell checker : Spell checker Always use it BUT Realize its limitations See poem on p. 96 Ode to a Spell Checker Adapted from a poem by Jerrold H. Zar : Ode to a Spell Checker Adapted from a poem by Jerrold H. Zar I have a spelling checker.It came with my pea see.It plane lee marks four my revue Miss steaks aye can knot sea. As soon as a mist ache is maidIt nose bee fore two longAnd eye can put the error riteIts rare lea ever wrong. Eye ran this poem threw it, Your sure reel glad two no.Butt now bee cause my spelling Is checked with such grate flare, Their are know fault's with in my pay per, Of nun eye am I a wear. A solution : A solution Search (and replace) function : Search (and replace) function Use this to target words you know are a problem for you form/from their/there/there your/you’re then/than too/to *** Thesaurus : Thesaurus Helps you to make better word choices Be careful- “similar” meanings may carry differences** Grammar checker : Grammar checker Gives you advice Some of the advice is good Some of it isn’t *** You can change the style/grammar settings : You can change the style/grammar settings What things should I revise? : What things should I revise? Content Try using FACT : Try using FACT FACT = a tool for revising F : F F = Does my essay FIT together? Things to consider are as follows: Do all the parts of my essay effectively develop my thesis? Does my essay fit my audience and purpose? A : A A = Do I need to ADD material in order to better develop the thesis? C : C C = Is there any interesting (or boring) material that should be CUT because it does not directly relate to or help develop my thesis? T : T T = Does the organization of my essay pass the TEST? Is it organized in logical manner? Are there enough clear transitions? What things should I revise? : What things should I revise? Wordiness Avoid deadwood : Avoid deadwood regardless of the fact that in the event that at this point in time Shun redundancies : Shun redundancies true fact advance forwards off of cooperated together Watch your use of modifiers : Watch your use of modifiers Modifiers are words, phrases, or clauses that modify (describe or tell about) another part of the sentence What is a modifier? : What is a modifier? Modifiers are words, phrases, or clauses that modify (describe or tell about) another part of the sentence Why worry about modifiers? : Why worry about modifiers? If used incorrectly they may confuse the reader The watch the doctor swung slowly hypnotized the patient . Was the patient slowly hypnotized? Did the doctor swing the watch slowly? Who can tell? Why worry about modifiers? : Why worry about modifiers? They may add unintentional humour to your writing. When a baby, his father underwent DNA testing to see if he made his neighbour pregnant. When inflated with air, six people can ride on this raft. Tip : Tip The best place for modifiers that tell how, when or why something occurred is usually at the start of the sentence Guests may visit the cemetery where famous Russian composers and artists are buried every day except Thursday. Wrong/Right : Wrong/Right Guests may visit the cemetery where famous Russian composers and artists are buried every day except Thursday. Every day except Thursday, guests may visit the cemetery where famous Russian composers and artists are buried . 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