Revising 

  • Things to look for when revising

    • Style:  Does my use of language and tone match the message?

    • Voice:  Are my words reflecing the most effective attitude?

    • Content:  Am I accurate?  Logical? Clear?  Precise?  

    • Have I chosen the right word?

 

Editing 

  • Things to look for when editing

    • Spelling, Punctuation, grammar, formatting & readability

Revising is reading through writing and improving the style, voice, and content of the message.​

Editing is correcting mistakes.  It is also known as proofreading.​

 

WTSOA Online Apps & Student Resources

This page updated:  07/23/2019

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The Writing Process -  Prewrite/Organize, Draft, Publish/Polish

What Are Parts of the Writing Process? 

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Prewrite /Organize

  • Brainstorm

  • Discuss

  • Organize Your Ideas in a Writing Scaffold

Drafting

  • Scaffold/Outline-to-Working-Draft

Revise

  • Improve

    • Order of Ideas, Sequence, Voice, Style, Word Choice

Editing

  • Proofread for

    • ​Spelling, Conventions (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, format)

  • Get Feedback

    • Family, Peer-edit, Instructor

 

Publish/Polish

  • Polished/Final Draft 

    • Text or Multimedia?

    • For your Audience

    • What is the Purpose?

Ideas—the main message

Organization—the internal structure of the piece

Style (Voice)—the personal tone and flavor of the author's message

Word Choice—the vocabulary a writer chooses to convey meaning

Sentence Structure/Variety—the rhythm and flow of the language

Conventionspunctuation, capitalization, spelling, and other mechanics.

A "Plus 1" trait is often added to round out the writing process 

  • Presentation—how the writing actually looks on the page 

 

Parts of Speech Resources - Grammar

Parts of Speech allow us to create complete thoughts that make sense to the reader.  A complete thought is a sentence. 

The Parts of Speech are 

  • Nouns

  • Pronouns

  • Determiner or Modifier

  • Verbs

  • Adjectives

  • Adverbs

  • Conjunctions

  • Interjections

 

Understanding Parts of Speech and knowing how to use them is sometimes confusing.

 

When you understand grammar rules, effective writing becomes easier.

Basic Paragraphs - Parts of a Paragraph, Types

 
Writing Scaffold - Summary Paragraph

Summary

Paragraph

Reasons

Paragraph

Writing Scaffold - Summary Paragraph

Basic paragraphs include a topic sentence, supporting sentences and a conclusion/clincher sentence. ​

Cause/Effect Paragraph

Writing Scaffold - Summary Paragraph
Writing Scaffold - Summary Paragraph

Classification Paragraph

Writing Scaffold - Summary Paragraph

Intro, Body, Conclusion

Paragraph

Expanded (Adv) Paragraphs - Parts of Expanded Paragraphs, Advanced Types

Writing Scaffold - Summary Paragraph

Compare/Contrast Paragraph

Writing Scaffold - Summary Paragraph

Process "How To" Paragraph

Writing Scaffold - Summary Paragraph

Narrative

Paragraph

Writing Scaffold - Summary Paragraph

Descriptive

Paragraph

 
Writing Scaffold - Intro Paragraph

Intro Paragraph

Writing Scaffold - Body Paragraph

Body Paragraph

Writing Scaffold - Conclusion Paragraph

Conclusion Paragraph

Writing Scaffold - Summary Paragraph

Summary

Paragraph

Expanded paragraphs contain all the parts of a basic paragraph, but are more detailed to improve accuracy and impact.

An expanded paragraph includes

  • A hook and/or topic sentence

  • Supporting sentences that include

    • Evidence, examples, definitions, citations/quotes, descriptions

  • A conclusion/clincher sentence with a closing hook

 

Writing Scaffold - Text Evidence Paragraph

Textual Evidence Paragraph

Writing Scaffold - Summary Paragraph

Descriptive

Paragraph

Analysis

Paragraph

Writing Scaffold - Summary Paragraph

Narrative

Paragraph

 

Put In Your Own Words - ways to summarize

Writing Scaffold - Summary Paragraph (Basic)

Basic Summary Paragraph

Writing Scaffold -Paraphrase

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Writing Scaffold - Summary Paragraph (Adv)

Advanced Summary Paragraph

Writing Scaffold -Precis

Precis

Using someone else's words as your own and not giving credit is called plagiarism.    

 

Nobody REALLY wants to plagiarize, but it's a challenge to say something in your own words!

 

Here are three methods/scaffolds to help summarize what you've read. 

 

These techniques help you you give credit to your sources.

Put It In Your Own Words

 

Basic Essays - Purpose, Type, Parts of a Basic Essay

Writing Scafflold - Basic Essay

Basic Essay

Writing Scafflold - Intro Paragraph

Intro Paragraph

Writing Scafflold - References Cited Page
Writing Scafflold - References Cited Page

References Cited Page

Writing Scafflold - Conclusion Paragraph

Conclusion Paragraph

Interactive Essay App

Interactive Essay App

Basic Essays use expanded paragraphs as the body and add an intro and conclusion paragraph.  Sometimes the body of an essay can be many paragraphs long. 

Basic Essays include

  • A simple introductory paragraph with a

    • Hook

    • Thesis and points

  • Body paragraph, and

  • A conclusion paragraph with a

    • Restatement of thesis

    • One highlight that is the best proof, and

    • A closing hook

 

Advanced Essays -  Purpose, Audience, Type, Parts of an Adv Essay

Writing Scaffold - Advanced Essay

Advanced Essay

Writing Scaffold - References Cited Page

References Cited Page

Advanced Essays use the Basic Essay idea, but expand all sections to improve impact.  Body paragraph-types will change, depending upon the type of advanced essay one chooses to write. They are usually long and contain cited sources, quotes, and other advanced supporting detail.

Advanced Essays include

  • An advanced introductory paragraph

  • Multiple body paragraphs, which include

    • Evidence, descriptions, examples, citations

    • Writing devices & strategies that effectively engage/convince the reader

  • An advanced conclusion paragraph  

 

Multimedia Scaffolds -  Prewrite/Organize, Draft, Present

Paraphrase Slideshow

(Google Slides)

Know what Speaker Notes are in Google Slides?  Check this out!

 

If you are comfortable with Google Slides, add some advanced features.

Want to make a video?  Here's a great video that helps you organize.

 

Multimedia Scaffolds -  Prewrite/Organize, Draft, Present

Notetaking

Interactive Notetaker

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Load TurboNote as a Chrome extension.

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