By Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
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Is it clear what point you’re making with your details? ) • Keep your purpose in mind. Your assignment probably asks you to do more than summarize sources or list examples and evidence. Make sure you discuss the examples and illustrations you provide and analyze your evidence. ) understanding comments • revision strategy C3-c • Think about why your main point matters to your readers. ” (See p. ) THE COMMENT: Be specific SIMILAR COMMENTS: Need examples • Evidence? UNDERSTANDING THE COMMENT When readers say that you need to “be speciﬁc,” the comment often signals that you could strengthen your writing with additional details.
Your readers are responding to your essay, not to you. It may be frustrating to hear that you still have more work to do, but taking feedback seriously — and revising accordingly — will make your essay stronger. This section addresses common types of comments an instructor or peer might make in response to your writing. THE COMMENT: Unclear thesis SIMILAR COMMENTS: Vague thesis • State your position • What is your main point? UNDERSTANDING THE COMMENT When readers point out that your thesis is unclear, the comment often signals that they have a hard time identifying your essay’s main point.
Point of view ■ Is the dominant point of view — ﬁrst person (I or we), second person ( you), or third person (he, she, it, one, or they) — appropriate for your purpose and audience? ) C3-b Revise and edit sentences. Much of this book offers advice on revising sentences for clarity and on editing them for grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Some writers handle sentence-level revisions directly at the computer, experimenting with a variety of possible improvements. com/writersref > Resources for writers and tutors > Tips from writing tutors: Revising and editing 21 22 C3-b Revising Guidelines for peer reviewers ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ View yourself as a coach, not a judge.
A Writer's Reference by Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers