• Everyday Research

    Everyday Research

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Revision is an ongoing phase of writing in which the author and peer reviewers carefully consider all aspects of what has been written up to that point. Developing a critical eye and maintaining objectivity are essential to the revision process. A good reviewer looks not only for errors in mechanics, but also examines whether the work really says what is intended and whether a reader will truly understand what the writer is trying to say.   

Revision: The Key to Good Writing

The gurus discuss revision strategies and offer tips on how to evaluate your own writing. Expert writers comment on specific errors they look for during the rewriting process.

Video Focus Points

Look for answers to these questions when watching the video:

  • Describe four strategies for revising your writing.
  • Summarize what the experts look for during the revision process.


A Writer's Circle

Evaluating one's own work is one of the most effective ways to improve writing skills, but feedback from a other readers is also extremely helpful. Student writers demonstrate using peer review as a revision strategy to improve the content of their arguments while professional writers offer advice on writing strong arguments.

Video Focus Points

Look for answers to these questions when watching the video:

  • How is peer revision helpful in the rewriting process?
  • What adjustments do Jada, Marcus, and Rosa make in writing as their research progresses?
  • What advice do professional writers offer to students who want to improve their writing?



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Pack for the Trip

Get ready for your writing odyssey by playing this jeopardy style game. Your total score will help you see whether you have packed the basic tools you need to steer your way through the process of inventing arguments.

The practical man is the adventurer, the investigator, the believer in research, the asker of questions, the man who refuses to believe that perfection has been attained. There is no thrill or joy in merely doing that which any one can do. It is always safe to assume, not that the old way is wrong, but that there may be a better way.

—Henry R. Harrower