In class today we'll:
- Workshop your drafts of Essay 2
- Discuss the revision process
Connection to course goals: Emphasizes the recursive nature of the writing process and the importance of revision in producing a text that meets the context and accomplishes the writer's goals. Also, the discussion of revision is designed to produce a clearer and more constructive idea of what revising a text actually entails. Here students begin to see that revision means not only the words on the paper, but the ideas they're trying to communicate through those words.
You can find a workshop sheet in the appendix.
For this workshop, try to have them work in groups of three, so they get more than one set of feedback. (55-60min)
Discuss revision. Your goal here is to demonstrate to students that an important part of revision is re-thinking the ideas and the focus of an essay, not just correcting grammar and mechanics, or changing a few words around.
Handout the E.B. White essays (found in the appendix)
Have the students read through the drafts, and then use the following discussion questions:
How does the first draft differ from the last?
What is the first draft about? How would you summarize it to a reader? What is the main point?
What is the last draft about? Summary/Main point?
What changes through White's various drafts?
- Workshop Essay 2 drafts.
Revise Essay 2
Bring Final Essay 2 in folder with appropriate materials
Complete the following Postscript questions for Essay 2:
- What was the most difficult part of writing Essay 2?
- What is one strength in your final essay?
- If you had a few more days, what part of this paper might you continue to work on? Is there anything you would change?
- List one piece of workshop feedback you received and explain why you did or did not use it.
(NOTE: These questions are designed to get students to think back over their writing process for Essay 2 and consider what they think worked well, what they might do differently, and what they may have learned from writing this essay.)