ENGL147N Revision Plan

ENGL147N Revision Plan

ENGL147N Revision Plan

Thank you, for providing your opinions on the revision plan. Earlier, I thought that why would somebody do the revisions, when the work is already done. Specially now  that time is of the essence with work, homeschooling ,school and other life demands and commitments. Now, after reading this plan, I know the real benefits of revision and proofreading. Revision is mandatory to understand your progress in the course, while finding out your weaknesses and strengths. You cannot find your weaknesses, until you revise your own papers. Proofreading is mandatory for finding out some mistakes that even the automated spell checker of Word or other software cannot find out. For instance, when you use a different word like “principle” instead of “principal” that have totally different meanings.

Overall, I would say that I can be a decent writer but sometimes I struggle with two issues, procrastination, and writer’s block.  A lot of times, when I sit down to write, especially if there is no pressure from a looming deadline, nothing comes out.  Then when I only have a few hours to finish, the sentences start to flow a little easier, however, my grammar really suffers.  I did not realize how many run- on sentences I was producing, because I was not placing the comma in the right spot.  Plus, there is no time to proofread, never mind editing or revising.

For the second paper, I decided to try things a little different.  I did not worry about writing my paper all in one sitting, I focused on one argument at a time, and produced some rough paragraphs. I was less concerned with writing the perfect sentence; I just tried to write the main point of my paragraph. By the end of the week, I had a completed rough draft, that I had time to revise and proofread.  I even had my sister in law proofread it for grammar errors.  More importantly though, it was the feeling of accomplishment getting it done early as opposed to waiting for the last minute.

I found the annotated bibliography to be a helpful tool for organizing the articles and main points.  I should probably utilize a formal outline a little more, however, mostly it was me just jotting down some notes on scrap paper that is next to me.  I feel I have a good understanding of how to write an introduction, thesis statement and conclusion. My weakness lies in trying to condense all the material and research into essentially a paragraph or two. I find that my arguments are hand- picked and do not necessarily tell the full story of the topic.

I have noticed that when I spot run-ons in student papers, they are almost always comma splices. In those cases, where you have the comma is where a new sentence should begin. A sentence should have a subject and a verb to be a complete sentence. If it is lacking one of those, it is incomplete. If it has a subject and verb and then a subject and verb, you have two complete sentences, and you have to correct that. Here is an example of a comma splice:

My entire family enjoys going to the mountains and camping near a flowing creek, we usually build a campfire and roast marshmallows when the weather is nice and warm.

The first clause is independent, because it has all parts needed for a complete sentence: Subject = My family; Verb = enjoys. The second clause is independent, because it also has all parts needed: Subject = We; Verb = build. So, we have two independent clauses. A comma will not suffice here. We can do one of three things.

1) add a conjunction after the comma

2) make these two separate sentences

3) place a semicolon where the comma is

My entire family enjoys going to the mountains and camping near a flowing creek, and we usually build a campfire and roast marshmallows when the weather is nice and warm.

My entire family enjoys going to the mountains and camping near a flowing creek.  We usually build a campfire and roast marshmallows when the weather is nice and warm.

My entire family enjoys going to the mountains and camping near a flowing creek; we usually build a campfire and roast marshmallows when the weather is nice and warm.

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Does that make sense?

It does in your example but I find I am still struggling with comma placement.  I wrote this to Vera and I honestly can’t tell if this is grammatically correct. lol

I recently discovered that my microsoft word program, which is only a year old, has a feature under the reference tab, that allows you to input your references and then it does the apa formating, including citations for you. ( Is this a run on sentence?) 

I think maybe the comma after tab should be eliminated and a comma should be added after referrences?

I recently discovered that my microsoft word program, which is only a year old, has a feature under the reference tab that allows you to input your references, and then it does the APA formating, including citations for you. 

I have the exact same problem when it comes to procrastination. I always feel guilty telling people I wait until last

ENGL147N Revision Plan
ENGL147N Revision Plan

minute but it has always worked for me. For some reason when I have a deadline I can start to think of many things to write about. I am also really bad at run on sentences. I feel like I used to be good at grammar but through nursing school we never wrote papers and I lost my knowledge of when to put commas and things. My last paper I worked on ending the sentences sooner after one thought was done and start a new one instead of leading them together and it seemed to work a lot better for me.

I consider myself a procrastinator, even tho we face difficult times and we don’t have so much time. When you produce texts in another language than your own, you are quite likely to run into difficulties that are different from those that you may experience when writing in your own mother tongue. Sometimes you are not certain exactly what is grammatically acceptable in English and what is not. Sometimes you know what is correct English but you still cannot apply this knowledge to construct a coherent and convincing argument. Sometimes you know exactly what you want to say, but you cannot seem to find the right words in English to do this.Even if you manage to come up with a sentence that expresses what you want it to express, it is sometimes the case that you feel that the level of formality or style is inappropriate for the type of text you are currently producing.