Revising by Numbers: Promoting Student Revision Through Accumulated Points

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Mark McBeth

Abstract

By revealing his own numerate inadequacies, this author describes a grading system where students accumulate points over a semester of assignment submissions and re-drafting.  He claims it offers students more autonomy in controlling their “earned” grade as well as incentivizes their investments in the revision process.  In contrast to the normative percentages approach to grading, this point accrual system not only gives students a less ambivalent form of grading but, also, moves them past surface-level revision and into rhetorical re-structuring.

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McBeth, M. (2015). Revising by Numbers: Promoting Student Revision Through Accumulated Points. Journal of Response to Writing, 1(2). Retrieved from https://journalrw.org/index.php/jrw/article/view/26
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Teaching Articles
Author Biography

Mark McBeth, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY

Mark McBeth teaches composition and rhetoric in the English Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY as well as in the Ph.D. Program in English Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. He specializes in the areas of developmental writing, pedagogical practices, writing program administrations, and their intersections with Queer Theory.