7. Revision: The Final Phase in Writing
After you have succeeded in helping your student complete a first draft, you will help her to edit and proof it. Watch this introductory video about revision:
Also watch this short video about the three-step revision process. This technique works just as well for the very low level learner as well as for the GED student. Tutors must make sure to help the student step-by-step, helping students to see that writing at all levels is a process and that all good writers must revise their work:
In revision, you will add details that you and your student decide are necessary or helpful to understanding the topic. You and your student will work at:
- eliminating any extraneous or repetitive information;
- moving and rearranging sentences to make the flow of ideas more logical or easier for the reader to follow; and
- correcting spelling and sentence structure errors. (For many people, especially those who have had trouble in the past, these are the biggest blocks to writing.)
Lesson planning tip: How will you fit the three stages of writing into your lesson? Click here for some suggestions.
Point to ponder
An interesting way to work on the logical and smooth flow of ideas is to take a paragraph and write out the individual sentences. Then, cut the paper so each sentence is in its own strip. Mix them up, and have your learner put them in the proper order. (This is a particularly good exercise for your kinesthetic learners.)
Optional: This sentence order exercise from Cerritos College will provide additional practice for your student.