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Strategies to teach and motivate your students to revise their writing.
Your essay writers can make sure all of their mechanics are in order by checking off each point on this list. Pupils read through their work and revise sentences, paragraphs, spelling, and grammar if necessary.
Students revise pieces of writing to further explore their intended audience and expand their details. In this revision lesson plan, students learn the difference between revising and editing.
Googledocs have become a standard form of communication through word processing. For this lesson, explore the use the feature "track changes" in Microsoft Word in order to revise paragraphs in pieces of writing. Pupils look for ways to improve word choice, organization, and logic in the writing. Many excellent worksheets and documents are embedded in this impressive plan.
Revising, as opposed to editing, is the focus of a presentation that details this essential part of the writing process. The author of this PowerPoint suggests outlining the draft to determine if all the necessary elements are included and if these elements are presented in a logical fashion. The text-heavy presentation would be appropriate for high school and college level writers.
All good writers have to revise their work. This lesson provides a motivating way to learn about the revision process, and shine a spotlight on their own stories. Even though the main focus involves using VoiceThread for revision, a teacher could use another type of online program to achieve the same goal.
Students are able to evaluate their peers' essays to determine clarity, completeness, and persuasiveness. They are able to revise their own essays for greater clarity and fluency, adding explanation where needed and cutting extraneous information where appropriate.
Eliminate basic errors in spelling and mechanics with a quick checklist for proofreading written work. Individuals or partners mark off each of the five points on the list, looking for correct capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and indentation. There are two checklists on the page.
Let's get to the point. The final lesson in this persuasive writing series helps learners revise their essays by clarifying how supporting details prove their theses. This activity would best be completed in pairs, allowing peer feedback to guide the revision process. Consider providing a list of questions for young writers to think about when they reread and revise their writing.
Bring a unit on mindful reading to your unit on Walter Dean Myers's Monster. A short video guides middle schoolers through the process of revising their thinking as they discover new events and details throughout the novel. The example in the video is from Monster, but you could use these strategies for any novel or short story.
Editors discover how to use highlighters and sticky notes in the revision process and complete the process by conducting a self-assessment. Although this resource focuses on peer preview, the suggestions for teacher response are particularly valuable. 
How can you help your class improve their writing? Start by showing a student example on the overhead. Read through the paragraph in a think-aloud format, commenting on areas that need improvement. Then, as a class, work together to make these corrections. Model several different revision techniques, if possible. 
Students revise rough drafts. In this writing lesson students use effective revising strategies. They apply the rules of grammar while revising their own writing. The students collaborate in their revisions.
Second graders practice revising original drafts to include more descriptive detail or improve the sequencing of events. Students first practice as a whole group before working on their own.
Students discover how to improve their writing through the revision process. In this narrative writing instructional activity, students view examples of Langston Hughes' poem "Ballad of Booker T." and note the changes that were made to his original draft. Students discuss how to improve their own poems and work with a partner on revisions.
Students, through a series of 4 lessons, explore what it means to revise their written work. They revise a bland story together and then practice revising their own papers by identifying the main action and "exploding" that moment into a more detailed description. They share their revised papers with the rest of the class.
Seventh graders write, revise, and edit a letter and a story. In this revising and editing lesson plan, 7th graders learn the differences between revising and editing by doing the two to a letter and eventually a story.
Sixth graders explore language arts by revising essays. In this writing process instructional activity, 6th graders discuss the importance of editing their writing in order to create the best possible draft. Students write a 5 paragraph essay which a classmate edits in order for the student to make proper revisions based upon a instructional activity rubric.
This handout offers a three-step process for revising sentences for clarity: diagnose, analyze, revise. After reading an example sentence revision with a detailed explanation, learners complete three sample sentences using the three-step process. Use this resource for advanced pupils who are able to pick apart and restructure their own sentences.
Pupils work in groups and edit each other’s paper. For this language arts lesson, students follow a rubric specific to the writing method and revise each other’s paper. They may select their own partner to work with.  

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