PROFESSIONAL EDITING PROJECT

OVERVIEW:

This editing projects asks you to demonstrate your understanding of audience, purpose, content, organization, style, and mechanics by analyzing, revising, and editing a sample document draft within a business or institutional context.  You will work from a case study that provides information about the context and your position within that context.
 

WORK DUE:

  1. A GRACE analysis memo (1-2 pages), in which you analyze the writing situation and explain your choices to me
  2. A memo to the author of the document draft (1-2 pages), in which you evaluate the effectiveness of the draft and explain your suggestions for revision to the author of the document draft
  3. A copy of the document draft itself, on which you have made any necessary markings, corrections, annotations, etc. that will be useful to the author of the document draft

SUGGESTIONS FOR APPROACHING THE ASSIGNMENT:

Analyze the document and its intended audience.  After reading the assigned text for revision, think about ways to  make it more effective in achieving its purpose and in communicating with its audience

Step back and think about what to cut, add, or reorganize.  If you want some additional questions to help you consider purpose, audience, persona, and effect, follow the hyperlink.

Comment on the document itself in terms of content and style.

Read the document for content issues such as:

Pay attention to sentence-level matters of word choice, tone or "voice," economy, and precision of language. Also pay particular attention to correct sentence structure: If you need to review these points, take a look at Appendix 1 or at the ENGL 105 web-page devoted to usage tips.
 
Decide how you will communicate your suggestions for revision to the author of the document.  Draft a memo to the author. Draft the GRACE analysis to me.

EVALUATIVE CRITERIA:

GRACE Analysis Memo: You analyze the writing situation and explain your choices in a well-written, well-formatted cover memo addressed to me.

Memo to the Author of the Document:  You effectively communicate to the author your suggestions for the revision of the document. Global Revisions of the Document: I see evidence that you understand and apply the basic principles of global (large scale) revision. Fine-Tuning Revisions of the Document: I see evidence that you understand and apply all the basic principles of fine-tuning revisions from Part IV of the textbook with special attention to: