Overview for Thursday, Feb. 14

Our goal for today will be to move from organizational to sentence-level editing of pieces for our class projects. We'll order, plan our "work-flow" and then begin editing the documents produced by fellow classmates.

Our working articles will live on the wiki for now. Do not use ANY formating (colors, font size changes, etc.)

When an author and two editors agree that given article is "ready" for publication, signal this by adding the appropriate tag:
  • Am-Project-Ready-To-Publish
  • Pm-Project-Ready-To-Publish


Your article must be certified "read to publish" by class time Tuesday, and you should have made significant contributions to the improvement of at least two articles not your own. Please document your editing on your personal wiki page by
  1. creating an area called Contributions to Class Web Project
  2. Write one paragraph summarizing your work editing your own article
  3. Write one paragraph summarizing the contributions you made to others' articles
  4. Provide links to the appropriate history and/or discussion pages for those items.

Example: Sherwood's Mock Homepage Illustrating Editing Work

Our Process: Continued from last class


Trial Edits

I have left comments on your edits from last week. These are "in-class" work and not graded assignments. But I wanted you to have some reactions. Please have a look at the comments. You might also look at how your classmates edited the same passage you worked on. There were some very different approaches.

User Names

A few of you have created usernames that are hard for me to match with your identity. I need you to change it so I can figure out who is who.

Our Goal Over the Next Week

To move from 12 or 15 scattered texts to a collection of coherent articles ready to be uploaded and published through a blog. We'll begin at step one and dedicate class time today and Thursday to this, with appropriate homework depending on where we leave off at the end of class.

We will probably not have time today to look closely at the chapter on markup. However, this basic concept is going to come into play as you work with the texts for our web project. We'll use these kinds of simple markup to organize our writing.

HW: Read for Thursday: Yahoo: “Clear” Ch. 4, “Shorten” Ch.13


PM-What to Expect When Time Travelling

Defining the Publication and Process

1. review the materials / drafts for your project

2. discuss the overall vision for the project
  • content
  • audience
  • voice and style
  • stylesheet?
3. map out a production process:

a. Give each draft at least two readings (by different editors) for "substantive editing" (leave comments in the margins)

b. Authors should make changes to their draft

c. An editor should review and make corrections line-level corrections. Create a discussion page for the piece and summarize your changes or pose questions for the author if necessary. You may talk about these issues, but you must also leave a virtual "paper trail." You should not "format" the material, setting off headings or subheadings, dividing into paragraphs, and marking quotations. Keep everything else plain.

Consistency -- Format and Style Sheet
Our first group projects will be published through a Wordpress blog. We'll be able to choose an overall template, but we will not have to worry much about layout. However, the pieces will look good and read most easily if we work to insure consistency. Specifically, we need to make decisions about the format of each article, as well record any "global" choices our editorial group makes for the publication (a list of these would be a style sheet).

We'll start this as a class. But if there are "problems" that come up, it will need to be updated.

AM-Project-Format and Style Sheet
PM-Project-Format and Style Sheet

  • Aim to incorporate principles from chapter 4:
    • use appropriate headers and subheaders to organize
    • craft easy-to-scan sentences
    • use basic verb forms
    • "front-load" paragraphs
    • use ordered or unordered lists, expressed in consistent form

d. Plan the structure and organization of the blog. What order should the pieces be published; are there sub-groupings or "categories" into which the pieces should be grouped?

f. Markup the articles consistently and upload them to the blog

g. Proofread the pages from start to finish.

HW: Read for Thursday: Yahoo: “Clear” Ch. 4, “Shorten” Ch.13
Finish your two "edit comments" on classmate's posts; read your comments, revise and post.