Calendar

  1. Copyeditors and Readers and Writers Week One

    Week of January 9

    1. Read through course policies & calendar
    2. Set up course technologies
    3. Begin work on the first project

    Assigned Work

    • To Read

      1. The Copyeditor’s Handbook (TCH), Preface; Ch. 1
      2. The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), Ch. 2: 2.45-2.64
      3. The Subversive Copy Editor (SCE), Preface; Ch. 1-3
    • To Do

      1. Submit COM 425/529 Contract and Survey (link in your @hawk.iit.edu inbox; email instructor at karl.stolley@gmail.com if you did not receive it)
      2. Create Basecamp account (invite will arrive after you submit the Contract and Survey)
      3. Introduce yourself by commenting on the Virtual Introductions message thread on Basecamp
      4. Participate in Week One Reading Discussion thread on Basecamp
  2. Copyediting Basics Week Two

    Week of January 16

    1. The basic purposes and techniques of copyediting
    2. Course work submission procedures

    Assigned Work

    • To Read

      1. TCH, Ch. 2-3
      2. CMS, Ch. 2: 2.87-2.96
    • To Do

      1. Complete weekly editing exercise and exercise discussion on Basecamp (KS, leader)
      2. Participate in Week Two Reading Discussion thread on Basecamp
  3. Punctuation Week Three

    Week of January 23

    1. Fundamentals of punctuation marks and their uses

    Assigned Work

    • To Read

      1. TCH, Ch. 4
      2. CMS, Ch. 6
      3. SCE, Ch. 4-5
    • To Do

      1. Complete weekly editing exercise and exercise discussion on Basecamp (MK & MZ, leaders)
      2. Participate in Week Three Reading Discussion thread on Basecamp
  4. Spelling, Capitalization Week Four

    Week of January 30

    1. Spelling, including variant spellings within and between AmE and BrE
    2. Capitalization of proper nouns and the importance of style references

    Assigned Work

    • To Read

      1. TCH, Ch. 5-6
      2. CMS, Ch. 7-8
      3. SCE, Ch. 6
    • To Do

      1. Complete weekly editing exercise and exercise discussion on Basecamp (leaders TBA)
      2. Participate in Week Four Reading Discussion thread on Basecamp
  5. Numbers, Numerals; Abbreviations Week Five

    Week of February 6

    1. Numbers and numerals
    2. Abbreviations and acronyms

    Assigned Work

    • To Read

      1. TCH, Ch. 7, 9
      2. CMS, Ch. 9-10
    • To Do

      1. Complete weekly editing exercise and exercise discussion on Basecamp (leaders TBA)
      2. Participate in Week Five Reading Discussion thread on Basecamp
  6. Grammar I: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives Week Six

    Week of February 13

    1. First Project Due
    2. Basic grammar: nouns, pronouns, and adjectives

    Assigned Work

    • To Read

      1. TCH, Ch. 14
      2. CMS, Ch. 5: 5.1-5.94
    • To Do

      1. Finish first Project
      2. Participate in Week Six Reading Discussion thread on Basecamp
  7. Grammar II: Verbs, Adverbs, Prepositions; Conjunctions Week Seven

    Week of February 20

    1. Basic grammar: verbs, adverbs, and prepositions
    2. Conjunctions and sentence construction

    Assigned Work

    • To Read

      1. CMS, Ch. 5: 5.95-5.215
    • To Do

      1. Complete weekly editing exercise and exercise discussion on Basecamp (leaders TBA)
      2. Participate in Week Seven Reading Discussion thread on Basecamp
  8. Errors and Usage Week Eight

    Week of February 27

    1. Common grammatical errors and their fancy names
    2. Usage guides and dictionaries

    Assigned Work

    • To Read

      1. Garner, “The Ongoing Tumult in English Usage”
      2. Wallace, “Authority and American Usage”
      3. TCH, Ch. 15
      4. CMS, Ch. 5: 5.216-5.230
    • To Do

      1. Complete weekly editing exercise and exercise discussion on Basecamp (leaders TBA)
      2. Participate in Week Eight Reading Discussion thread on Basecamp
  9. Figures and Tables; Mathematical Formulas Week Nine

    Week of March 6

    1. Figures: photographs, illustrations, and other works of art
    2. Tables: data, charts, graphs, and other visualizations
    3. Representing and copyediting mathematical formulas in manuscripts

    Assigned Work

    • To Read

      1. TCH, Ch. 10
      2. CMS, Ch. 3, 12
      3. SCE, Ch. 7-9
    • To Do

      1. Complete weekly editing exercise and exercise discussion on Basecamp (leaders TBA)
      2. Participate in Week Nine Reading Discussion thread on Basecamp

    Spring Break, No Class Week Ten

  10. Quotations Week Eleven

    Week of March 20

    1. Second Project Due
    2. Quotation of outside material

    Assigned Work

    • To Read

      1. TCH, Ch. 8
      2. CMS, Ch. 13
    • To Do

      1. Finish second project
      2. Participate in Week Eleven Reading Discussion thread on Basecamp
  11. Citations and References I: Notes and Bibliography Week Twelve

    Week of March 27

    1. Basics of citation styles
    2. Note-style references and bibliography in CMS

    Assigned Work

    • To Read

      1. TCH, Ch. 11
      2. CMS, Ch. 14: Sections TBA
    • To Do

      1. Complete weekly editing exercise and exercise discussion on Basecamp (leaders TBA)
      2. Participate in Week Twelve Reading Discussion thread on Basecamp
  12. Citations and References II: Author-Date References Week Thirteen

    Week of April 3

    1. Author-date style references in CMS

    Assigned Work

    • To Read

      1. CMS, Ch. 15: Sections TBA
    • To Do

      1. Complete weekly editing exercise and exercise discussion on Basecamp (leaders TBA)
      2. Participate in Week Thirteen Reading Discussion thread on Basecamp
  13. Proofreading, Indexes Week Fourteen

    Week of April 10

    1. Proofreading and its differences from copyediting
    2. Creating indexes from page proofs

    Assigned Work

    • To Read

      1. CMS, Ch. 2: 2.97-2.136; Ch. 16
      2. SCE, Ch. 10
    • To Do

      1. Complete weekly editing exercise and exercise discussion on Basecamp (leaders TBA)
      2. Participate in Week Fourteen Reading Discussion thread on Basecamp
  14. Copyediting Professionally Week Fifteen

    Week of April 17

    1. Professional practices and ethics for working copyeditors
    2. Freelancing as a copyeditor

    Assigned Work

    • To Read

      1. CMS, Ch. 1; Appendix A
      2. SCE, Ch. 11-14
    • To Do

      1. Complete weekly editing exercise and exercise discussion on Basecamp (if needed; leaders TBA)
      2. Participate in Week Fifteen Reading Discussion thread on Basecamp
  15. Work Week Week Sixteen

    Week of April 24

    1. Complete work on final projects

    Assigned Work

    • To Do

      1. Finish Final Project; due Wednesday, May 3, 11:59pm