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Week 7 Revising & Editing notes toward a self-editing toolkit

Not everyone will need to address every entry, but you should be able to identify 4-5 items to remember, to practice, and to be self-aware of in your writing. Note how every one of these items is directly related to critical thinking, thus helping to confirm that “good writing” is not just good mechanics; good writing is always a reflection of good, clear critical thinking.

 Integrating sources, cherry picking, and confirmation biasreview & reflection

 Integrating sources and rhetoric: why to 

 Integrating sources and mechanics: how to

 Reviewing opening sentences and paragraphs with our BS lens

 Don’t bullshit

 What is “society”? Writing with precision.

 Recall your language from your Rhetorical Précis Method: “Brooks claims that … Wortham implies that … Hawkings argues that …” — and apply that to your sources. 

 Ask some context-type questions: why do people write and argue about your issue? How do they tend to write about it? Can you tell what people who write and argue about your issue seem to value?

 Review the first-person pronoun problem: is your use of it necessary and crucial to your analysis? (See Andra’s)

 Map your paragraph development for visual and logistical coherence: PIE

 Map your paragraph transitions for visual and logistical coherence

 Thinking ahead to your conclusion: so what?

 “Every wolf, therefore, is more than just a wolf.”