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A Student Guide REVISING AND EDITING
Revising is taking another look at your writing and making changes to it. Editing is proofreading or correcting errors in capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. REVISING VS. EDITING
Analyze sentence lengths – You need to make sure you have a balance of short, medium, and long sentences. Also, avoid run-on sentences by using punctuation. REVISING
Sentence variety contributes to the organization and presentation of the topic throughout the essay. REVISING
Varied sentence types, lengths, and constructions produce a freshness of expression, insight into the writing situation, a sense of the writer’s voice and tone, and they demonstrate creative writing strategies. REVISING
Add Dialogue – You may add dialogue by sharing interesting quotes with your reader or by using a conversation between two or more people to make a point. REVISING
Show, Don’t Tell – Let your reader experience the story through action, words, thoughts, senses, and feelings rather than by telling them facts. REVISING
CUPS Capitalization – capitalize the first word of every sentence, names of people, places, and proper nouns. EDITING
Understanding – Reread your essay to determine if it makes sense. Indent every paragraph. Add details about your topic. EDITING
Punctuation – End each sentence with the correct punctuation (., ?, !). Use commas to separate lists, and before conjunctions. EDITING
Spelling – Circle all the words you are unsure of, and use a dictionary to check them. EDITING
Read your paper aloud to a friend. Listen for correct grammar and subject verb agreement. REVISING AND EDITING
Give your paper to a peer to edit. Sometimes an extra pair of eyes may see things you missed. REVISING AND EDITING
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