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Bellwork – Wednesday Aug. 28 th , 2013. How long did you spend writing your first draft of the CCOT? What did you find most challenging (if anything) in writing this essay?. Peer Editing. You will have your essay edited four times today by your peers.

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Bellwork wednesday aug 28 th 2013

Bellwork – Wednesday Aug. 28th, 2013

  • How long did you spend writing your first draft of the CCOT?

  • What did you find most challenging (if anything) in writing this essay?


Peer editing

Peer Editing

  • You will have your essay edited four times today by your peers.

  • Each person who edits your essay should use your edit sheet and then return it to you so the next person can use it.

  • When editing stick to the rubric as much as possible. Looking for grammar & spelling is fine, but don’t let it distract you from content and structure.

  • You do not need to turn in anything today. Take it home, edit your essay, and bring back everything (outline, rough draft, peer edit sheet, final draft) on Friday.


Common mistakes level one

Common Mistakes – Level One

  • No personal pronouns or feelings

    • I, you, our, you’re

    • I believe/think/feel that….(nobody cares!)

  • Spell out numbers under 100.

    • During the Black Death, 1/3 of the population of Europe died.

  • No contractions

    • Can’t, you’re, they’re, shouldn’t, don’t

  • Write in the past tense about past events

  • Avoid passive voice

    • The ball was kicked by Katie.

    • Katie kicked the ball

  • Gerund phrase/wordiness

    • Zeus, being king of the gods, was angry.

    • Zeus, king of the gods, was angry.

  • Avoid overstatements and exaggeration

    • The Black Death was the most devastating event in the history of Europe.


Common mistakes level two

Common Mistakes – Level Two

  • Thesis is nonexistent, or simply restates the question/prompt

  • Paragraph organization is illogical or nonexistent

  • Paper does not answer all parts of the question/prompt

  • Assumptions are made without evidence

  • Floating facts – not connected to the thesis, topic sentence, or subject of the paragraph

  • Irrelevant information – does it help you answer the prompt or question? Then don’t include it.


Wrap up

Wrap-Up

  • Based on the feedback you got through peer-editing, what do you need to work on in your essay before submitting your final draft?

  • What did you learn about the CCOT from editing other student’s papers?

  • Did you find this activity useful? Why?


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