PowerPoint Slide Share
The Slide Share presentation, below, comes from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University:
Click here to download a PDF of the Practice Understanding an Audience Activity.
Click here to download/view the 3-page Context Analysis Worksheet from Texas A&M University.
Click here to download/open the Four Major Purposes for Writing Handout.
Click here to download/open the Understanding Your Audience Handout.
Click here to download/open the Genre, Media, Context, and Special Requirements Handout.
The “Mechanics” webpage on the OWL (Purdue) website provides a list of common grammatical problems for the student to avoid. The students can click on a grammatical issue, like “fragments,” and find example to help correct their errors.
The Harvard College Writing Center provides a list of the stages of writing an essay. Students can click on the step they want to learn, such as “Editing the Essay, Part One” or “Editing the Essay, Part Two,” to learn more about that step of the process. For instance, “Editing the Essay, Part One” includes a section that asks students to eliminate “inappropriately elevated language,” with examples to help the student identify the problem. For more practice with mechanics, the Harvard site also offers a page called “Tips on Grammar, Punctuation and Style.”
This article, “Revising Your Paper,” asks students a series of questions to lead them through the revision process and asks them to consider it carefully and as a whole. The article ends with links to other websites that are useful for assisting students with the writing process.
This article, “Revising Your Essay,” from the Emory University Writing Center defines “revision” and explains why it is important before asking students a series of questions to hone their revision process. This set of questions differs from the ones listed on the CUNY website above, so students may want to use both or incorporate elements from both when practicing revision. Instructors should be aware that some of the revision questions may require some additional explanation; for instance, “ what parts need to be cut out?” may not be easily determined by the student alone so additional discussions about relevance and the need to focus continually on main ideas may be necessary.
The Harvard College Writing Center provides numerous resources for student writers including a section on Strategies for Essay Writing. Within this section is a specific article on “Revising the Draft” which includes both a “how to” section and an example showing the revision process.