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ENG 1302 Revising and Editing ARMS and CUPS Composition Checklist

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Composition Checklist
Remember: Editing takes time!
This should be completed over the course of several days.
When you edit your paper it is in your BEST INTEREST to read, re-read AND even have someone else re-read it aloud to you so that you can make
sure your writing “makes sense” and “sounds right”.
Revising and Editing (ARMS and CUPS)
When editing did you REVISE (ARMS) and EDIT (CUPS)? Check under EDITING in your notebook if you forgot the
details of these terms. SEE BELOW for SPECIFIC DETAILS!
Arms Add sentences or words to make sure each sentence makes sense.
aRms Remove unneeded words and sentences. You want the strongest possible word choice. Make every word
count.
arMs Move sentences around and re-arrange words to make sure that you have the correct sentence structure and
paragraph structure.
armS - Substitute words (or sentences) for stronger word choice (or more powerful sentences).
Cups - Capitalize first letter in every sentence, specific names, specific names of places, months of the year, word “I”
AND first letter of every major word in title
cUps Usage: Make sure nouns and verbs are written correctly so they make sense.
cuPs - Use punctuation marks correctly: periods, question marks, exclamation points, commas, quotation marks,
semi colons and colons.
cupS Check your spelling. When using a word processor (typically) if there is a red squiggly line under your word
that means it is spelled incorrectly. Please check it in a dictionary or use spell check.
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Middle School Writing
Assignment #10 Persuasive Essay
Double Check…
___ In Paragraph 1 and 5, your thesis and final clincher repeats and reflects three words.
___ In Paragraphs 2, 3 and 4, your topic and clincher sentences repeats and reflects three words.
Structural Checklist
Intro Paragraph
___ Dramatic Opening
___ Background Information / Neat Fact
___ State your subtopics
___ Position Statement (Thesis)
Paragraphs 2, 3 and 4
___ Topic Sentence
___ Detail Sentences (minimum of 5)
___ Clincher Sentence (3 words repeat or reflect your topic sentence)
Concluding Paragraph
___ 2
nd
Piece of Background Information / Neat Fact
___ Restate your subtopics
___ MIIUS
___ Final Clincher (3 words repeat or reflect your Thesis)
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Banned Words
You removed your banned words from your writing. Please re-read your paper and double check!
* Said / Say * Good * Came / Come / Go / Went * Take / Took
* Big * Sat / Sit * Made / Make * Interesting
* Bad * Eat / Ate * Thought / Think * Mean
* Go / Went * See / Saw / Look * Pretty * Plain
* Ugly * Fun * Help / Helped * Tell / Told
* Small * Get / Got * Nice * Awesome
* Cool * Thing * A lot
* Basic Colors: brown, red, blue, yellow, purple, green, orange, black, gray, white
Stylistic Techniques
Adjective, adjective noun
The boy took off and tossed his smelly, stinky sneakers upon his bed.
“LY” Word
The girl lovingly cared for her sick grandmother who lived in the woods.
Vivacious (Strong) Verbs- x3
Remove THREE verbs from your paper and choose THREE STRONGER, MORE EFFECTIVE verbs to insert.
Please make sure your choice MAKES SENSE.
Adjective Clause - Who Which
The girl, who loved reading books, just finished Anne of Green Gables.
Adverbial Clause www.asia
The ant painstakingly stored food for the winter while the grasshopper played casually.
Because Clause
The coached cheered because the team just scored the winning goal.
Advanced “Dress Ups”
Dual Adjectives
“What magnificent feathers you have,” crooned the clever but deceitful fox.
Dual Adverbs
The shepherd boy fearfully and desperately screamed to the villagers below.
Dual Verbs
The girls shouted and skipped all the way to her grandmother’s house.
Decorations - *** USE WHAT FITS ***
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Composition Checklist Remember: Editing takes time! This should be completed over the course of several days. When you edit your paper it is in your BEST INTEREST to read, re-read AND even have someone else re-read it aloud to you so that you can make sure your writing “makes sense” and “sounds right”. Revising and Editing (ARMS and CUPS) When editing did you REVISE (ARMS) and EDIT (CUPS)? Check under EDITING in your notebook if you forgot the details of these terms. SEE BELOW for SPECIFIC DETAILS! Arms – Add sentences or words to make sure each sentence makes sense. aRms – Remove unneeded words and sentences. You want the strongest possible word choice. Make every word count. arMs – Move sentences around and re-arrange words to make sure that you have the correct sentence structure and paragraph structure. armS - Substitute words (or sentences) for stronger word choice ( ...
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