R4: Free Revision
Your last (optional) assignment is a free revision of any text you’ve written for this course that you’re interested in working more on and think you can make better. This might include:
- Yet one more draft of R1, R2, or R3;
- Another draft of an X assignment that you didn’t have opportunity to revise before;
- X8, if you make significant changes to it.
In each of these cases, I’ll ask you to send me an email in which you describe the changes you’ve made and why you feel they result in a stronger piece. If you revise an R, and it gets better, it will earn a higher grade. If you revise an X and produce an essay that earns a higher grade than one of your previous Rs, it will replace the lowest of the three R grades. (See Course Grades below for more details.) R4s are due by Friday, 5/18, at 10:00 am.
There is one other option: If you feel content with the work you’ve produced for this course so far, you don’t have to submit anything. You’re done!
Your final grade for this course involves the simplest of calculations. Each of your three final revisions (Rs) counts toward 1/ 4 of your final grade, and your collected work on your Xs counts for the final quarter. (See grades for details.) I use a standard four-point scale in adding up your grades (where B = 3.0, B+ = 3.3, A– = 3.7, A = 4.0), and then divide by 4. And so, for example, if you earned a B, A, A–, and A–, you’d end up with an A– for the course.
Trade your R3s with a partner. Line edit each other’s pieces. By line editing I mean suggesting changes for the sake of clarity and expression. A copy editor works with text; she reads to correct mistakes—typos, misspellings, lapses in punctuation, repeated or omitted words, that sort of thing. A line editor works with prose. Her job is more subtle, difficult, and interesting. She may suggest changes:
- In wording;
- In the structure of sentences (by combining shorter sentences or dividing longer ones);
- In the order of sentences in a paragraph, or in the ways they are connected to each other;
- In the arrangement of paragraphs or sections in an essay.
And, most important, the line editor tries to do all this while respecting the voice and tone of the author. The goal is to enhance the effectiveness of a piece, not to change its tone (or certainly its content).
For our purposes, I’d like you to suggest at least 10 line-edits to the piece you are working with. These may be adds, cuts, or reworkings. (Feel free to suggest routine copy-edits as well, but they don’t count toward your total.) Be bold. The author does not have to accept your suggestions, and you can always blame me for forcing you to make any suggestions that they don’t like.
Once you and your partner have finished line editing each other’s pieces, read through and talk about them. Feel free to call me over if you have any questions.
- Wed, 5/09, 10:00 am: Post R3 to Google Drive.
- Thurs, 5/10, class: Digitizing texts. Bring your laptop with you.
- Tues, 5/15, class: Last class! X8s, arcade, responses, evaluations, donuts.
- Fri, 5/18, 10:00 am: Post R4 to Google Drive or Medium. Optional