Revision: History, Theory, and Practice

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Edited by Alice Horning and Anne Becker

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Like its predecessors in Charles Bazerman’s series on Reference Guides to Rhetoric and Composition, Revision: History, Theory, and Practice explores the wide range of scholarship on revision while bringing new light to bear on enduring questions. Starting with its overview of conventional definitions and misconceptions about revision, whether surface or deep, Revision then offers both theoretical and practical strategies designed to facilitate post-secondary writing instruction.

The twelve contributors examine recent cognitive writing models and the roles of long- and short-term memory in the writing process, demonstrating theoretically why revision is difficult for novices. Revision pays close attention to the meaning and function of revision for various writers, from basic to professional, creative, and second language writers. Revision concludes with a detailed presentation of practical pedagogical strategies for teaching revision, with emphasis on revision in textbooks, technology-rich contexts, and peer review.

Authors include Anne Becker, Cathleen Breidenbach, David Stephen Calonne, Douglas Eyman, Catherine Haar, Alice Horning, Kasia Kietlinska, Robert Lamphear, Cathy McQueen, Colleen Reilly, Jeanie Robertson, and Carol Trupiano.

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Reference Guides to Rhetoric and Composition
Edited by Charles Bazerman
Published jointly by Parlor Press and the WAC Clearinghouse

About the Editors

Anne Becker is a special instructor and the coordinator for journalism and communication internships at Oakland University.

Alice Horning directs the Rhetoric Program at Oakland University and is a professor of Rhetoric and Linguistics. She has published several books on the nature of texts and human literacy, including, most recently, Revision Revisited (Hampton, 2002). With Debra Dew, she is the co-editor of Untenured Faculty as Writing Program Administrators: Institutional Practices and Politics (Parlor Press, 2006).

Contents and Contributors

Preface xi
1 Introduction and Overview
Catherine Haar and Alice Horning

2 Definitions and Distinctions
Catherine Haar

  • Revision Defined by Scholars
  • Revision Defined in Practice
  • Revision as Correction
  • Revision as Development and Discovery
  • Revision as Rhetorical Goal-Setting and Function
  • Revision as Assertion of Identity
  • Students and Revision
  • Crucial Role for Teaching Revision Well

3 A Review of Writing Model Research Based on Cognitive Processes
Anne Becker

  • Early Models—Basic Processes and Their Key Sub-Categories
  • Task-centered Models—Assessing the Role of Reading and Memory in Revision
  • Recent Research—Continued Analysis and Testing to Validate Revision Models
  • Instructional Techniques
  • Computers and Their Impact on Writing Model Research
  • Implications for Classroom Instruction

4 Writers and Revision
Alice Horning and Jeanie Robertson

  • Defining Basic Writers
  • Awarenesses and Basic Writers
  • Skills and Basic Writers
  • A “Pivotal Moment:” Some Suggestions and Recommendations

5 Revision and ESL Students
Kasia Kietlinska

  • History of the Discipline
  • Diversity of the ESL Student Population
  • Revision Attitudes of ESL Students
  • Revision Patterns of ESL Students
  • Revision Effectiveness of ESL Students
  • Revision Feedback by Teachers
  • Timing of Revision Feedback
  • Most Effective Techniques of Revision Feedback
  • Peer Revision Feedback
  • Alternative Strategies to Support Revision

6 What’s in a Textbook?
Robert Lamphear

  • Handbooks
  • Revision Focused Textbooks
  • Readers
  • Appendix: A Listing of Books from Major Composition Publishers

7 Revising with Word Processing/Technology/Document Design
Douglas Eyman and Colleen Reilly

  • Scholarship about Computer Applications and Revision
  • Basic Computer Applications and Revision Strategies
  • Cut and Paste
  • Font Formatting
  • Textual Analysis Tools
  • Track Changes
  • Highlighting and Commenting
  • Other Applications for Peer Review
  • Remediation, Redesign, and Revision
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: Directions for Using the Track Changes Tool in Microsoft Word

8 Professional Writers and Revision
Alice Horning

  • Awarenesses and Skills: A Summary
  • Professionals’ Awareness
  • Professionals’ Skills
  • Methodology for the Case Studies
  • Case studies: Writing Teachers Revising
  • Background Questionnaire for Subject A
  • Task Questionnaire for Subject A
  • Observation of Subject A
  • Analysis of Revising: Subject A
  • Background Questionnaire for Subject B
  • Task Questionnaire for Subject B
  • Observation Report for Subject B
  • Analysis of Revising: Subject B
  • Cross-Case Analysis
  • Pedagogical Suggestions: A Summary
  • Appendix A: Background Questionnaire on Writing and Revising Strategies
  • Appendix B: Questionnaire for Revising Session
  • Appendix C: Practice Passage for Think Aloud.

9 Creative Writers and Revision
David Stephen Calonne

  • Creativity and Revision
  • Writers on Revision
  • Revision and Computers
  • The Role of Collaborators and Editors
  • Revision of Proofs and Galleys
  • Revision after Publication
  • Scholars Study Revision: Process Criticism
  • Wordsworth, Parallel Texts, Nabokov, Poststructuralism, Hypertext and Beyond

10 Best Classroom Practices
Carol Trupiano

  • Introduction
  • Peer Review
  • Writing Centers and Other Writing Support Programs
  • Portfolios
  • Teacher and Student Conferences
  • Group Review Exercise
  • Modeling Exercise #1
  • Modeling Exercise #2
  • Role-Playing Exercise #1
  • Role-Playing Exercise #2

11 Practical Guidelines for Writers and Teachers
Cathleen Breidenbach

  • Revision: A Complex, Intuitive, and Elusive Process
  • The Dangers of Practical Strategies
  • Revision’s Secret Identity
  • The Fallacy of the Natural Writer
  • The Difference between Deep Revision and Final Editing
  • The Ants-at-a-Picnic Metaphor
  • Breaking Old Habits: Colorizing Comments
  • Including Good News with the Bad
  • Building Time into the Process
  • If It’s Not a Draft, It’s a Revision
  • Risk-Free Revision
  • Divide and Conquer—Clusters of Consideration
  • Content: Argument, Logic, Narrative, Organization
  • Rhetorical Decisions: Purpose, Genre, Audience, Tone, and Point of View
  • Visualizing Henrietta
  • Style
  • Voice
  • Mechanics
  • This Much We Know Is True—Writing Teachers Who Write

Cathy McQueen

Annotated Bibliography
Works Cited

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