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PERSUASIVE WRITING EDITING

8th Grade ELA

THE PROCESS OF EDITING/PROOFREADING


The process of editing and proofreading is longand slow!

Consider this both an exercise in following directions and improving your writing.

GET READY
1. You need 2 different colored highlighters, 1 marker, and a pen.

2. Get your essay out.


3. Get your rubric out (on the back of the persuasive writing packet).

STEP 1 READ THE RUBRIC


Duh, people! This is exactly what Im going to use to grade your writing. Do you think its important to read it and understand it? (Hintthe answer is yes!)

PERSUASIVE WRITING RUBRIC


4 3 2 1 0
Information is factual and relevant. Research sources are high quality. Missing 1 items At least 1 direct from 4 point quote is used (and column. cited with an appropriate speech tag). All sources are cited.

Informatio n and Research

Missing 2 items from 4 point column.

Missing 3 items from 4 point column.

Missing 4 items from 4 point column.

RUBRIC
Summarizes 2 main supporting Missing 1 points. items from Acknowledges 4 point opposing view. column. Includes anecdote.

Thesis

Missing 2 items from 4 point column.

Missing 3 items from 4 point column.

Missing 4 items from 4 point column.

RUBRIC
1 Each repeated paragraph transition contains or 1 transitions. missing No paragrap transitions h are transition repeated. . 2 repeated transition s or 2 missing paragraph transition s. 3 repeated 4 or more transition repeated s or 3 transitions missing or 4 paragraph missing transition paragraph s. transitions.

Transit -ions

RUBRIC
Restates the thesis. Summarizes main points. Leaves a lasting impression. Restates Weak Either No the thesis. restatement restates restatement of Summarize of thesis or thesis or thesis or s main summarizing summarizes summarizing points. of main main points. of points. points.

Conclu s-ion

RUBRIC
Grammar and Mechanics
Very minor errors that do not distract the reader.

Virtually error free.

A few Significant errors that errors that Many could use become errors. Very more distracting distracting. editing. .

STEP 2 CHECK THE BIG STUFF


1. Highlight your thesis statement. (Color #1)
a) b) Is it at the end of your introduction paragraph? Are there at least 3-4 sentences in front of it?

2. Highlight each topic sentence of the following paragraphs. (Color #1)


a) b) Each topic sentence should be like a mini thesis statement. Does it tell the reader what that paragraph will be about? Does each topic sentence help prove your thesis?

3. Highlight each transition. (Color #2)


a) b) c) Is there a transition in each paragraph? Does it help to improve the flow of your writing? Are there places where a transition would make things easier to understand?

STEP 2 CHECK THE BIG STUFF (CONTINUED)


4. With your marker, circle all the information (facts, statistics, stories) that you learned through your research.
a) b) Did you cite that source? Does it look like this (Flater)? Introduction 1 Main point 1 2 Main point 2 3 Main point 3 4 Conclusion 5

5. Label the parts of your essay:


a. b. c. d. e.

STEP 3 ITS TIME TO GET PICKY


Right now were reading for understanding. Assume your reader knows nothing. Would they understand your writing? This should take AT LEAST 10 minutes.

1. Read each paragraph slowly and carefully.


2. Stop at the end of each paragraph to reflect and think about these questions. 3. Fix mistakes.

4. Explain things that need to be explained.


5. Fix things. 6. Mark up your paper!!!

STEP 4 POLISH IT UP!


This is the part where you make sure that youve followed basic grammatical rules. You will have to re-read you paper again (I know, I know).

Look carefully at each sentence for:


1. Is it a complete sentence? Does it have a subject and verb? 2. Is it a run-on sentence? Is it too long?

3. Is it too choppy? Could I combine it with other sentences?


4. Does it need more punctuation? Have I missed any commas? 5. Have I spelled all words correctly?

STEP 5 FIX IT
Now that youve marked up your essay, its time to type the changes. When youre finished, you should have an error free, logical, well researched paper. Congratulations!