There are many ways to revise a personal essay. This exercise will help you
to approach your writing from several new perspectives.
Read through your essay twice. Then — on a separate sheet of paper — write
12 new points that directly address your topic. Each point must be from 2 to
7 sentences long.
When you're finished, re-read your essay and mark places where your new points
might be inserted. Revise your essay to include as many new points as you see
- 1 of the points must be about an assumption you first held to be
true, but during the process of writing learned was false.
- 3 of the points must be quotations from other texts. Be sure to
- 1 of the points has to be about a saying or maxim that supports your
- 1 of the points must be a personal narrative (first person anecdote
- 1 point has to be about how your thinking has changed regarding your
- 2 of the points have to be responses from peers, friends, or teachers
(quoted or paraphrased).
- 1 point can be a drawing, photograph, or cartoon.
- 2 of the points have to be real world events that help illustrate