Revision tip: Revise one thing at a time

Posted on February 7, 2013. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , , |

Revision can sometimes feel like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.  If we set out to revise for one thing at a time, revision can actually feel like a successful and rewarding experience!

Here are some steps to break down your revision work so that you revise for one thing at a time:

1)      Decide what your purpose for revision will be.

  • Vocabulary and word choice?  Sentence structure?  Transitions?  Dialogue?  Etc.

2)      Select a correcting pen (purple, red, green, orange, turquoise) to use.

3)      Write the date and the purpose for revision in the top, left margin of the draft with the correcting pen that you selected.

4)      Read through your entry and revise as needed – make all revisions with the selected correcting pen.

5)      You may make additional revisions beyond the ones that you initially set out to do if you come across them, but don’t try to revise too much at once.

6)      Quickly reflect at the end of the revision work, still using the same correcting pen. 

  • How did it go?  Did you need to do a lot of revision of that type?  What other things (patterns) did you notice about your writing that might need to be revised?  What should you do next?

7)      Choose a new pen color and repeat steps 3-7.

How does this strategy work for you?  Leave a comment below and get a conversation going!

~Ms. Morris

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Revision tip: Reading your work out loud

Posted on February 6, 2013. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , , |

A good strategy for revising your work is to read it out loud.  When you read your work out loud, you sometimes catch  small mistakes that you would miss reading it silently.  You hear what readers will hear when they read your words.

You can try reading one paragraph at a time or reading the paragraphs out of order to really hear what the words in the paragraph sound like.

You can also ask someone else to read your work to you…make sure you ask them to read the words exactly as you have them written.

Click these links for other writers and teachers sharing their thoughts on reading your work out loud:

http://www.writerightwords.com/why-you-should-read-your-work-aloud/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/katelee/2012/08/01/to-write-like-a-human-read-your-work-out-loud/

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/reading-aloud/

How does this strategy work for you?  Leave a comment below and get a conversation going!  🙂

~Ms. Morris

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