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ERIC Number: ED184143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Pages: 10
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Naugle, Helen Harrold
Teachers should note that revision is an integral part of the writing process and that writers use revision in various ways. In some cases, revision means rewriting--beginning at the end to discover the real focus of the paper and how to organize it for the greatest effect. In other cases, revision may mean simply polishing by deleting, adding, and substituting. Teachers can help students realize the importance of revision and its many uses by having students write an opening paragraph to an essay, exchange paragraphs with classmates, and have the readers provide the writers with one sentence restatements of the perceived thesis of the paragraph. In this way, the writer learns the importance of writing as a communication project rather than a mere exercise. The habit of revision is also established by rewriting paragraphs whose intent did not get through to the reader. Teachers can also ask students to edit other students' essays. This procedure creates a sequence of two assignments that, coupled with teacher/writer and teacher/editor conferences, illustrates the value of revision within the composing process. (A checklist is attached for students to use when evaluating, editing, and revising their work.) (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Language: English
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