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What is the difference between revising and editing? Allow this video and accompanying slides to instruct your class on revision so that they can find out the difference and apply that knowledge. The narrator gets into the nitty-gritty of revision by introducing complex transitional words and sifting through a paragraph of an essay in response to "Mrs. Manstey's View" by Edith Wharton to find and correct areas that need revision. She does talk a bit fast, so you might show the slides instead, or pause the video occasionally. After viewing, pupils can take a fine-toothed comb to their drafts and revise the flow of their writing.
What makes a good sentence? Give your kiddos some hands-on learning with this fun activity. The teacher collects sentences from magazines, stories, his or her students, and cuts them apart. Then, in pairs or independently, kids reconstruct the sentences. Extension activities are offered for both higher and lower-level learners. The only downside to this awesome plan is that the sentences aren't provided.
Transitions are the glue that holds essays together. Show your class members how to create cohesion in their writing with a short video that models adding transitional elements during the revision stage of the writing process. Although the procedure model could be used with any text, the resource would work best if shown with the entire series. Part five of a series of videos that trace the entire process using Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” as the basis of an analytical essay.
Sentence structure and placement are key to any author's style. Encourage your creative writers to write their sentences strategically by looking at this 11-slide PowerPoint. Types of sentences are introduced, and some examples are shown, but this PowerPoint was originally designed for use along with a packet (which is not included here). You'll have to create some examples of your own.