April 24, 2013
It was not until my first paper written in my sophomore English class when I realized that my writing was not at the same level of other student’s. The first task we wrote in my sophomore English class was a summary of the book we had read the whole month. It seemed a really easy task since I did read the book and was pretty confident in how to summarize it. I wrote my summary with a lot confidence and was careful about grammatical errors I could have. I turned it in and was pretty confident that I would get a good grade on it. The next day the summary grades were available and my teacher gave it back. I got a C on my summary. In the article “Re- Viewing and Teaching Revision” by Lulu C.H. Sun, the author is questioning why some students are unwilling to revise while others revise eagerly. Sun then suggests how teachers can encourage students to revise. The first reason to why students are not willing to revise is because they don’t know what revision is. Students do not understand revision as the process to modify and develop their ideas because they are confident enough in their writing and therefor think there is no reason for making revision. The second cause is that students confuse revision with proofreading. Poor writers perceive that revision is just rewording phrases, in contrast to experienced writers who seek to make their writing meaningful and congruent in revision. The third reason is that students end their essays too soon instead to revising it through. The fourth reason why students are not willing to revise their essay is because “revision requires critical reading and editing skills abilities that many students do not possess.” Writers need to be able to identify problems in the text and also need to know how to deal with the problem. Sun then comes up with suggestions to encourage revision among students. The first suggestion is to allow students to share their drafts to receive...