Reading Response Sommers Due

Length: 250 words

Due in person Wednesday, September 2nd no later than 6:40 p.m.

“Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced Adult Writers” by Nancy Sommers focuses on different ways student writers and established writers approach the revision process. In your reading response (and whenever you do the assigned reading throughout the semester) you’ll want to think both about the content of the essay and about how it applies to your own writing processes. That way you’ll be one step ahead when you sit down to write your self-study in the second half of the semester. Here are some questions to get you thinking about the reading. You should answer the questions below that most interest you; you don’t need to answer all of them. Just make sure it’s clear from your response that you have carefully read and understood the essay.

  • What are some of the main revision strategies and/or concerns of student writers that Sommers defines in the essay? And what are some of the main revision strategies and/or concerns of more experienced writers?
  • What differences does Sommers notice between student writers and experienced writers? How do they view themselves, the writing process, the written product, etc. differently?
  • Which group do you most resemble in your revision practices? How and why?
  • Anne Lamott is certainly an experienced writer. Do any of Lamott’s strategies or ideas about writing echo/support those Sommers defines among the experienced writers?
  • Did anything in the essay, particularly about revision, surprise you?
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