Berryman Essay Revising and Editing First Things First! • Heading should have: – Your name – Instructor’s name – Class name – Assignment name – Date – (Interesting) title centered Check the little things! • Is your last name and the page number at the top of every page? • Is your font 12 point? • Is your font type Times New Roman? • Did you double space? • Is your spacing set at “0” under “Page Layout?” MLA Matters • Is your Works Cited page properly formatted? – Is your last name and the page number at the top? – Are the words “Works Cited” at the top and center of the page, in 12 point Times New Roman, with no bold, italics, or underlined? – Are all sources double spaced? – Is everything after the first line of each citation indented one half of an inch? – Did you alphabetize your sources? The Three Ts • THESIS – Underline • TOPIC SENTENCES – Circle – Make a note in the margin if it is not supported in the paragraph • TRANSITIONS – Connect ideas, not paragraphs. Draw a box around any transitions like “first,” “next,” etc. Editing Check 1: Pronouns • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement – PA problems occur when a pronoun is used that doesn’t match the noun being referenced. • Look for – Person confusion: “When one believes this they…” – Antecedent confusion: • If you are talking about two different men, don’t refer to one as “he” and expect the reader to follow you Editing Check 2: Dangling Modifers • A dangling modifier is a group of modifying words that does not clearly modify anything in the sentence. – Running into the store, the light was out. • It seems that the light was running into the store. • MAKE CERTAIN that your modifiers are as close as possible to the nouns they are modifying. Editing Check 3: Mixed Sentences • A mixed sentence is a sentence that begins one way and ends in another way. – “He was very tired, so tomorrow it might rain.” • Be sure to read the sentences carefully to make sure the proper thought is being expressed. Editing Check 4: Spelling • Circle any spelling errors throughout the essay. If you know the proper spelling, write it in the margin. • If you are uncertain about anything, raise your hand and ask for my attention. If I am busy, continue working on the essay, and I will get to you as soon as I can to resolve the issue.