Revising Your Work


English Language Arts Grade 7 The Writing Process
Students learn the importance of the revision process. They identify and apply strategies to help improve clarity, development, organization, style, word choice, and sentence variety in their writing.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn the importance of the revision process. They identify and apply strategies to help improve clarity, development, organization, style, word choice, and sentence variety in their writing.

Objectives

  • Explain why revising is important to the writing process.
  • Identify and apply revision strategies to help improve the text.

Duration

One to two class periods.


You have learned about the steps of the writing process and how each step helps to create a well written and effective text. In this experience, you will learn and practice strategies you can apply during the revising step.

Objectives

  • Explain why revising is important to the writing process.
  • Identify and apply revision strategies to help improve the text.


Cartoon of man holding pencil over large page of text

Have you ever read a story and wished that it had ended differently? Sometimes the author himself has a hard time coming up with an ending that he feels is satisfying, and he may revise it may times.

The published version of Roald Dahl’s novel Matilda ends with Matilda’s mean parents fleeing from the police. The parents finally agree to let Miss Honey take care of Matilda, who lives happily ever after. But in an early draft of the story, Matilda died at the end of the book.

Another famous novel with multiple endings is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. He submitted the novel for publication with one ending. Based on comments that the ending was too sad, Dickens revised it before the original publication in installments between 1860 and 1861. In a later version published in 1868, Dickens revised the ending yet again. Dickens explained his revision in a letter to a fellow author: “You will be surprised to hear that I have changed the end of Great Expectations... I have put in as pretty a little piece of writing as I could, and I have no doubt the story will be more acceptable through the alteration.”


Name a story that you wish had ended differently, and write a suggestion to the author on how to revise the ending.

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Discuss student responses. The takeaway should be that any writer can revise and hopefully improve her work.


In this experience you will learn and apply revision strategies that can be used to improve the clarity and effectiveness of your writing.


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