You may revise two of your first four papers. Here are the rules:
- I will not regrade papers that received a "C+" (77%) or better, though you are welcome to discuss revision at any time.
- You must submit the original (and its grade sheet) along with the revised copy. Simply paper-clip the package together and hand it to me.
- You will mark your revision in some way to show what you have done differently. I do not intend to do a line-by-line comparison to try to figure out what changed.
- You will submit a memo with your original and revised copies, telling me what you did to revise the paper.
- Rewrites are due two weeks (14 days) after the paper is returned to you. The last-second revisions on the last day of class are just attempts to grab a few extra points; you don't learn anything about writing by doing them and they are a great hardship on your teacher.
- If your "revision" consists entirely of following my instructions on such items as punctuation and spelling, your grade will not change. I did the revision; you just copied it.
Many student papers have trouble with sentence structure, and often the "revisions" are no better than the first attempt. If you truly do not know what I mean (or what to do about it) when I write R.O. or Mixed Struct. or Frag., ask for help. Consult the Writing Center or come to me. Don't just make a random change hoping that things will get better if you guess.
- If your changes do not actually make things better (for example, if you revise a sentence fragment and it turns into another kind of sentence structure flaw or remains a fragment), your grade will not change.
- If your revision shows that you are not paying attention to items I have marked on your paper, your grade will not change.
- If your revision is an attempt to deal with points you lost for turning in a late paper, it must be a substantial revision. If you simply resubmit the same paper, nothing changes.
If a paper has received a zero because of plagiarism, it cannot be revised for a better grade.
Last day to submit
The syllabus assignment schedule has a date marked Today is the last day you can submit any written work, either for the first time or revised. If you submit a revision after this date, it will be ignored.