Revising Your Own Work
Steps for Reverse Outlining
- Finish drafting a section of your document.
- Write down the main point of each paragraph.
- Assess whether you have presented the main points in the most intuitive or effective order.
- Determine whether you have repeated any main points.
- Determine whether you have omitted any main points.
- Flag any paragraphs that present more than one main point.
- Reorder your document.
- Rewrite, modify, or separate any paragraphs that present more than one point.
- Finish your next draft and begin the process again.
- When you are ready, have someone else provide feedback on your draft.
Revising the Work of Others
- Identified strengths and weaknesses of the document?
- Provided specific examples of those strengths and weaknesses?
- Assessed higher-order concerns, such as document organization and thesis sentences?
- Assessed lower-order concerns, such as word choice, spelling, and grammar?
- Given generous, but assertive feedback?