The .zip file contains a folder with both .doc and .pdf versions of the manual.
The 48 page writing manual is keyed to a number of commonly recurring expression problems students have demonstrated in my classroom over many years.
When I see a comma error in a student's essay, I don't put in a comma; I put an abbreviation above the spot where the comma belongs. I'll write "ccs," "cpe," "crn, or "cadj." I make kids look up their errors in my Revision Manual and go back to their essays and correct them. I always require rewrites.
Of course, I do much more with essays, but the routine grammatical issues I leave up to the students themselves. THERE ARE NO SHORT CUTS in the teaching of writing, but this Revision Manual has helped me to deal with the little things quickly and focus more time and energy on the truly important issues. After more than thirty years of teaching, I can tell you, it works!
Much of the material in the manual deals with grammar, organization, and word usage, but it contains much more. I printed and distributed copies to my students, but the manual can be made available to students as a PDF file online as well.
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