In Chapter 3: The Third Draft, you learned the importance of revising the sentences of your paper. Chapter 3 is purposely not comprehensive, but it offers specific tips for revising grammar.
Students need to understand how important it is to identify problems with sense, logic, and coherence in terms of sentence structure. They also need tools to help them develop sentences that convey points and ideas clearly. Sometimes teachers don’t take the extra time necessary to refresh students’ minds about the different types of verb tenses; participles, gerunds, and infinitives; and passive construction.
As teachers, we typically refer students to the course writing textbook that houses grammar concepts and hope they will understand the examples. Our belief is this: I shouldn’t have to teach grammar at the college level. Students should have learned these fundamental concepts before coming to college. They are on their own in this respect. I have other things to teach and I teach writing, not grammar. We believe that teaching grammar is too elementary, but it is not.
In order to teach revision, as instructors, we have to incorporate grammar into the daily classroom lesson. Students need to learn how to correct advanced sentence structure, which they can’t really learn in high school. If students don’t receive the type of instruction that incorporates grammar and revision at the college level, they will have greater problems in their professional careers. In addition, they will not be prepared to address the issues they need to confront at the fourth draft level.
Part Three: Understanding the Revision Processes offers five chapters that collectively represent the fourth draft level. The first chapter of this part of the book, Chapter 4: Revising the Introduction, is short and provides two margin comments, which outline the importance of developing a sound and informative introduction. How you introduce the work, the author, and supporting evidence is all-important to the analysis, the professor, and anyone who reads the essay.
The chapter begins with a popular cliché and ends with revision suggestions. Review Chapter 4 before moving forward with other chapters of the glossary.
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