Essay Revision: Essay One

100 Points (10% Total Course Grade)

GENERAL DIRECTIONS:

  • All essays are to be typed in 12 point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and with citations and other formatting also done in MLA documentation style. (Note: you may use another documentation style, such as APA, but you must notify me at the start of the semester what you plan to us.)
  • Please see Lessons W1 and W2 prior to composing your first essay.
  • You must write and submit your essays via KSU Google Docs.
  • However, you are also encouraged to save a copy of the paper (download it) to your personal computer.

Second Draft of Self-Reflective Essay One DIRECTIONS:

Review the directions for the original Essay One Assignment.  Follow these directions carefully!

  1. Expand your paper by at least 350-700 words (1-2 pages).
  2. In revising your paper, consider the following:
    • how has your writing process changed or not changed since before the start of this semester?
    • how has your writing (the end result papers) changed or not changed since before the start of the semester?
    • what sorts of challenges did you face in your writing this semester; were they new challenges or old challenges?
    • sometimes, as one improves upon certain writing weaknesses, other writing strengths become weaker (usually temporarily); did this happen to you, and if so, what happened?
    • not counting Essay One (or its revision), which essay was the “easiest” for you to write, and why do you think that was?
    • not counting Essay One (or its revision), which essay was the most difficult for you to write, and why do you think that was?

NOTE: There is absolutely no guarantee that the paper will earn the same grade or higher than the first version!  The revised paper is being evaluated for significant revisions, as well as for overall quality.  In other words, revisions do not equal a better grade: if you make sloppy revisions, then the paper’s grade might be lower than the original draft that was submitted on June 17th!  This rarely happens, but it does happen, so be careful!

ADVICE: Work methodically.  Avoid working at the last minute.

Lisa Simpson writing on her computer