The FAVORS Glossary of Margin Comments: Revising the Thesis and Topic Sentences

The FAVORS Glossary of Margin Comments: Revising the Thesis and Topic Sentences

by Regina Y. Favors

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Overview

The FAVORS Glossary is a list of popular feedback comments professors write within the margins of student essays. The glossary grows from a primary concern for college students who struggle with the process of revising academic papers and applying margin comments during the revision process. It serves as a comprehensive solution to bridge the communication gap between English professors and students of writing and research papers. It answers the question, “What does my professor mean by this?”

Written by Regina Y. Favors, CEO and Chief Instructional Designer of Favors Learning Center, The FAVORS Glossary defines more than 175 margin comments. Example terms include “Audience,” “Awkward,” “Cliche,” “Lacks a Clear Argument,” "Be Specific" and “Misquoting the Evidence.” The explanations for each comment derive from both undergraduate and graduate papers written by the author. By sifting through past academic papers written for English classes, Ms. Favors was able to extract comments from over 100 one-page responses, five-page papers, longer essays, and take-home and in-class final exams.

The FAVORS Glossary encourages a conversational, student-friendly tone. At the same time, the tone doesn’t hinder professors from using it as lecture material. The glossary is much similar to a university English department's drop-in writing tutor. With this in mind, it uses examples and steps to walk students through the process of revising the thesis, topic sentences, paragraphs, use of quotes, and other essay content. It utilizes everyday terminology to help students visualize how to revise academic papers.

In this Mini Glossary are the following margin comment titles:

For Thesis:
5.1. Overview
5.2. Ambiguous (Thesis and Author’s Ideas)
5.3. Theme?
5.4. Too Broad
5.5. Vague
Key Chapter Points

For Topic Sentences:
6.1. Overview
6.2. Right
6.3. Right/On the Right Path
6.4. Stick With the Topic
6.5. Vague Generality
Key Chapter Points

The FAVORS Glossary: Guide to Using Margin Comments for Revising Academic Essays is the full writing textbook. Revising the Thesis and Topic Sentences represent the fifth and sixth chapters of the full version.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940013215825
Publisher: Favors Publications
Publication date: 10/29/2011
Series: Mini Glossary Series , #2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 43 KB

About the Author

Regina Y. Favors () has a B.A. and an M.A. in English from San Diego State University. She has over 10 years of combined experience in English tutoring, teaching, editing, and professional writing. She is currently the founding CEO and Chief Instructional Designer of The Regina Y. Favors Learning Center (d.b.a. Favors Learning Center), a learning management solutions provider of academic resources, corporate training solutions, educational support services, and procedure documentation.

Ms. Favors’s academic background is rooted in teaching English and English as a Second Language at the community college level. She has adopted a professional teaching mission to help students exercise responsibility for their own writing. She develops strategies and methods for students to take the material and teach it to themselves and to their fellow peers. Students learn during each semester how to manage tasks and revise their own writing. Ms. Favors uses the “how-to” method to help students think about the “steps” to the solution.

Ms. Favors’s professional background is rooted in writing management. She is currently a professional freelancer, well-versed in the principles of web content development, user guide and training manuals, curriculum development, business planning, technical writing, and other forms of procedure documentation. As founding President & Editorial Director of Favors Writing Management, Ms. Favors provides consulting for a number of content and data management projects. FWM is an Internet-based content development company through which Ms. Favors currently manages three blogs and delivers procedure documentation solutions.

Ms. Favors is currently working on creating multiple textbooks on the subjects of revision writing. She loves all of Bette Davis’s movies and thinks dogs are great!

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