Dr. Sarah Spring

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Name: Dr. Sarah Spring
Date registered: January 15, 2013

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  1. Management and Production Exercise — April 21, 2014
  2. Proofreading and Translated Texts — April 16, 2014
  3. Editing for Global Contexts — April 16, 2014
  4. Editing of Websites — April 7, 2014
  5. Illustrations and Type — March 31, 2014

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Mar 05

Style Exercise: Revising Wordy Sentences

Exercise 13.7 (page 236) I think my outdated computer, which is five years old, needs to be replaced by a new one that is much faster. The new intern has a very nice personality and is attractive and everyone seems to be drawn to him. Due to the fact that that many writers use a …

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Feb 19

Practice with Style

Persona and Readers: Read the following paragraph. First, discuss the suitability of the persona and style, assuming that the passage appears in a manual for volunteers assisting a probation officer. Then, discuss the suitability assuming the passage appears in a law textbook. How do context and readers influence your description of the style? What stylistic …

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Feb 17

Punctuation Exercise

Correct the punctuation in the following sentences, and then, explain why the change was necessary. The copy center, like the check cashing service and the convenience store would be open 24 hours each day. Harris/3 M offers a 36 month leasing plan. For the proposed copies for the center, the 6055 and the 6213. Lease …

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Feb 17

Working with AP style

To help prepare you for the first assignment (due next week), work your way through these questions. What tense should you write in? Begin your sentences __________. What types of numbers are the exceptions to the rule about how to spell/write numbers? How are states abbreviated? Eight state names are always spelled out – name …

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Feb 05

Grammar Self-Diagnostic: Part Two

As promised, here is part two of our self-diagnostic: 14. This is one of the prizes that are going to be given to the outstanding technical editor. 15. When they realized the mechanic was not going to show up, they decided to repair the car theirselves. 16. I’m confident that everybody who works diligently on …

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Feb 03

Get to Know Your Word Processing Program

To make sure you are familiar with Microsoft Word (or another word processing program), complete the following activities: Apply styles in text. Change the format of a style (such as one font to another, spacing before a heading, etc.) Turn on the reviewing toolbar. Show individual reviewers. Change which reviewer’s comments show. Show individual types …

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Feb 03

Grammar Self-Diagnostic: Part One

Today, in class, we will take part one of a diagnostic: determine the error in the following sentences. Brandon said it is alright if I borrow his style manual if I promise to return it tomorrow. “I assure you, Davis. It is not I whom is to blame.” Due to the fact that the economy …

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Jan 27

Revising Critical Statements

A question to a writer is called a query. The term is also used to refer to all comments from the editor to the writer. In phrasing your queries, write directly and courteously, and avoid evaluative statements, especially when the evaluations are negative. Chapter Two gives proven strategies for effective editorial feedback. Think of ways …

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Jan 17

Course Information

The “Schedule” page is now updated with the reading schedule and assignment due dates – please look through that before Wednesday’s class. I also want to give you the companion website for our textbook: Downloadable Student Resources. This site has additional exercises, activities, and quizzes.

Jan 15

Information on Levels of Editing

Although our course will be focusing on basic copyediting, proofreading, and comprehensive editing, you should be aware of the “five levels of edit” (borrowed with permission from Dr. Palmer’s Technical Editing syllabus): substantive/organization edit – is there enough of the right kind of information to convince your reader to act? is the information culturally inoffensive? …

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