To prepare for the submission of your Unit 2 essay, you will craft a revision plan. Like the revision plan we created in Unit 1, this plan will consist of an orderly, descriptive list of all of the stuff you need to do before submitting your Unit 2 Essay (due Sunday by 11:59pm). Unlike your Unit 1 Essay revision plan, however, which was a bit more informal and free flowing, your Unit 2 revision plan will be more structured and include some new language we commonly use in rhetoric to describe the revision process.
Before crafting your revision plan, however, read Abrams’s “Concepts and Strategies for Revision” and listen to the “Strong Writers Don’t Need Revision” podcast, both located in the Learning Materials Section of the Week 7 module. At the top of your revision plan, respond to the following:
1. According to Abrams, what is revision?
2. Of the 3 kinds of revision Abrams outlines in his essay (global revision, local revision, and proofreading), what kinds have you engaged in the most with past essays, and in what contexts? Describe how you’ve revised past essays using the language Abrams provides.
3. What is one thing you found unexpected in the “Strong Writers Don’t Need Revision” podcast? Put another way, what is one thing you learned about revision that you didn’t know before?
Now it’s time to craft your revision plan for your Unit 2 Essay. Consider the following as you craft your revision plan:
1. Divide your plan into 3 categories: Global revision, local revision, and proofreading. Under each category, list out the kinds of revisions you will need to do before turning in your essay. Use language from the Abrams essay on revision.
2. Include the name of 1-2 people in your life who would be willing to give your essay the once-over before you turn it in. These can be friends, classmates, teammates, family members, or a consultant at the RU Writing Center. Ensure you reach out to your helper(s) with plenty of time to read and respond. Do yourself and your helper a favor and get them the draft before Sunday.
3. Read your essay aloud to yourself and make a note of any sentence level errors you find, such as spelling errors, missing punctuation, missing words, or awkward phrases. List those here.
4. Pat yourself on the back for engaging in such a thorough revision process!