LESSON EIGHT: Revising
Model strategies for revising drafts. Apply revision strategies to expository writing.
R1F Apply pre-reading strategies to aid comprehension
W3C Write expository text with assistance, with a main idea and supporting details.
§ Sources of Literature
o Writing folders
o Sentence strips
o Sticky notes
§ Handouts provided
o How to Build a Tree House
§ Words to know
o graphic organizer
Assess students with a review of anecdotal records and teacher observation.
1. Review endings of each touchstone text. Discuss how author concluded each text.
2. Ask students if their rough drafts could also be their final drafts. Accept all reasonable answers. Lead students in discussing revision techniques.
3. Using “How to Build a Tree House” handout, arrange directions in a mixed up order (you may want to transfer each direction to a sentence strip that you can put up on the chalkboard).
4. Student reads the paragraph to decide if it makes sense. Discuss with the whole group why the paragraph needs to be revised; e.g., directions do not make sense; some more explicit words could be used; more transition words are necessary, etc…
5. As a group, revise the tree house paragraph, allowing students to decide about adding, deleting, or changing information.
6. Assign students to a comfortable spot in the classroom with their writer’s folder and rough draft. Instruct students to read their rough draft and look for needed revisions, using the tree house paragraph as a guide.
7. Teacher may walk around, observe, and confer.
8. After students have examined their rough draft, they will partner up and work on peer revision.
9. Conclude this lesson as a group, allowing students to share revisions made.