RWA9: Creating a Writing Inventory

Purpose: To Review Your Personal Narrative Essays Draft and To Identify the Writing Issues You Plan To Work On In Your Structural Revision, Editing and Proofreading Processes 

1.  Take a look at all of the starred sentences.  What do you notice about these sentences? Why do you think Prof. Rodgers thinks they are impressive? Do you think they are impressive? Are there other sentences in the essay that you think are particularly impressive or effective?  If yes, list them and explain why you think they are impressive.

2.  List, interpret, and categorize each circled word/issue and marginal comment in the essay.  What’s going on with each word/sentence marked?  What happened? Did you make a typo? Need to revise?  Can you name the error?

3.  Make a list of all of the categories circled on the essay grading rubric

4,  Re-read Professor Rodgers’ ebook College Writing:  Some FAQs and her Understanding and Repairing SWE Errors in College Writing.

5.  Make a list of what you are beginning to see as recurring issues that you can work on in your writing.  Some of these may be SWE errors and therefore would be categorized as being related to Clarity.  Other issues may be related to Structure.  Please list at least one and no more than three issues that you plan to work on in the following two categories:  Structure and Clarity.


Highlighted text below is from earlier versions of this assignment.  

RWA9: Creating a Writing Inventory
Please review the Tan essay that I returned to you.  Look at the grading rubrics, the comments that I wrote, and the marginal comments that I made and do the following:

1.  Make a list of what you did well.  Write down one or two of your excellent sentences.

2.  Write down some of the sentences that are not working.  Can you revise them? 

3.  Make a list of all of the categories circled on the grading rubric.

4.  Make a list of 3 WRITING ISSUES from the grading rubric that you plan to work on.

Here's a more detailed version of the Writing Inventory Assignment for those who would like it:

Writing Inventory: Essay 1

Prof. Rodgers
College Writing

I’d like you to reflect on and write about your own writing. To do so, I’d like you to do the following: 

1/ Please go through your essay and take a look at the sentences that I marked as being particularly impressive. Why are they impressive? Why do you think Prof. Rodgers thinks they are impressive? Do you think they are impressive? Are there other sentences in the essay that you think are particularly impressive or effective?  Which ones?

2/ Take a second look at the sentences where I have indicated there is some breakdown in the meaning of the sentence. What’s going on in that sentence?  What happened? Did you make a typo? Need to revise?  Can you name the error?

3/ Take a second look at the marginal comments in which I have indicated a type of SWE error. Please make a list of these. Which SWE errors do you seem to be making most frequently? 

5/ For the Tan essay, we agreed that we would work in particular on three specific SWE issues:  1/ SENTENCE FRAGMENTS; 2/ SENTENCE TANGLES; 3/ VERB ISSUES.   Are you finding any of these three errors in your writing? Is so, please list one or more examples in each category. What are you going to do to locate, identify, and repair these issues in your writing?

IMPRESSIVE SENTENCES:

NON-WORKING SENTENCES:

EXAMPLES OF SENTENCE FRAGMENTS:

EXAMPLES OF SENTENCE TANGLES:

EXAMPLES OF VERB ISSUES:

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