10/3 Revision Stations – ten minutes per station to edit your papers
PAPERS DUE TOMORROW
1. Read Aloud
Sharpens Your Focus.
Increases Your Vocabulary.
Results in Greater Comprehension.
Gives you an Opportunity to Play.
Exercises Your Body.
Challenges Your Use of Intonation.
Improves Listening and Reading Skills.
Read your essays out loud to one another while stopping to edit and make POLITE suggestions along the way.
1. Learn How to Analyze
This is a skill that can be difficult for students at all levels. Your commentary is supposed to function as explanatory sentences in which you attempt to unpack your examples (concrete evidence) and show readers how they support the claim you are trying to make. You gave me evidence, but why do I care about it? So what? This is the part of the essay where you stop summarizing the play and start telling me why that part of the play matters to your thesis.
2. Essay Structure
Look at your notes on the parts of an essay…ie the outline. Now, go back and label the parts of your essay using pen, pencil, and/or highlighters. Look for: thesis, topic sentence, concrete detail, and commentary. Use the same color/technique to mark the same types of sentences throughout your essay.
Next, search for the mistakes that make Ms. Navarro crazy! Is there first person (I, me, we you)? Did you use a contraction? Did you utilize abbreviations? Did you capitalize names and places? Did you RESPECT your margins and indent?
3. Academic Writing and Transitions
Some words are more for conversation with friends than they are academic words and transitions. Take out your list of transitions. Use this type of language in your own essays. Underline the areas where you have made changes. Is the word SHOWS anywhere in your essay….get rid of it!
4. OMG is that a quote? Let’s paraphrase it!
When should we quote language? When should we paraphrase it? Paraphrases should not have quotes around the words but must have a citation! Avoid the habit of “dropping quotes” — including quoted material without introduction or attribution.