Writing as a Recursive Process

Writing as a Recursive Process – 20%

Some markers of substantive change (global revision) across drafts include:

  • Changes to an introduction to better frame the project, establish the conversation and sources in play, and articulate how the student’s thesis contributes to that conversation
  • Reorganization of paragraphs to more effectively develop the written project
  • New body paragraphs that develop on ideas in an early draft or that introduce important new ideas
  • Improved source use (evidence) and explanations

Some markers of local revision include:

  • Improvement in signal phrases leading into and punctuation around quotations and paraphrases
  • Reduction in subject-verb agreement, plural/possessive, and punctuation errors that yield fragmented or run-on sentences
  • Attention to the overall readability of one’s prose
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