Comprehensive Editing (Editorial Letter) – English Homework Help
Context:You’ve been entered into a Plain Language Editing Contest (see https://plainlanguage.gov/ (https://plainlanguage.gov/) ). To compete in the contest, you need to edit a government document. To maximize the competition, you’ve been given one of the most notoriously dense documents: a military document.
Provided below is a passage from a manual for watch officers and security guards at a military post concerning legal jurisdiction. Its audience is security guards or marine sentries, most of whom have high school educations. The basic idea is that civil (as opposed to military) police cannot enter the military base to arrest or interrogate a suspect unless they have a warrant for arrest or a subpoena. The sentries are to prevent their entry unless the civil officers have the necessary warrant or subpoena. When the civil officers do present the necessary papers, the security guards must follow additional procedures.
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Task:Implement a comprehensive edit of the manual excerpt. Your task as editor is to help the intended readers understand the policy so they can act according to it. This type of editing means you will edit not only grammar and punctuation but also content, organization, and basic document design problems. You’ll probably make substantial changes to the sentences and paragraphs, but try not to change the meaning of the original. Also keep in mind that this is a legal document.
Edits: You are not going to copymark or track your changes. Basically, you will create a before-andafter effect: an old document and your edited new document.
Non-Edits: Maintain the numbered paragraphs with headings and basic organization (purpose, background, policy, and action). These sections follow the conventions of the manual in which this policy statement appears. It would be acceptable, however, to place excessively technical material in a footnote or to create lists where they would help readers.
Clarifications: A “civil process” concerns issues such as divorce, custody, and insurance. To “serve process” means to deliver the legal papers regarding these issues. NSRDC = Naval Ship Research and Development Center; ECAC = Electromagnetic Compatibility Analysis Center.
Style:Use CMoS as for your foundation style. Provided for you is the US Navy Style Guide. Consult it.
Create a Style Sheet for the document, which can act as a quicker reference for this specific document.
Analysis: Complete the analysis template provided for you as we discuss different concepts. Comprehensive Editing Analysis.docx
Deliverables: Each team should submit the completed analysis, edited document, and the style sheet to Canvas for a possible 150 points. Your final grade on the edited document will be deducted by 25 points for a missing style sheet and by 25 points for a missing analysis.
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