Revising to Add Dialog – This works with most any type of narrative writing, fiction or non-fiction. You can start with a piece of student writing as short as one paragraph. Demonstrate how to use quotation marks and commas for a line of dialog, how to use a speaker tab, and how to begin a new paragraph each time a line of dialog from a new speaker is added. Then direct students to add a certain number of lines of dialog to their writing.
Revising to Add Particular Parts of Speech – This works with many types of writing, but may be easiest with descriptive writing. If you don’t have student essays that you want to revise, this one works well even with single sentences for practice. Introduce the activity by reviewing the parts of speech that you will be adding and then work on a sample sentence together. Then direct students to add a specific parts of speech to their writing, for example: “Add two adjectives and two prepositional phrases.” For some parts of speech, especially verbs, it might work better to direct students to replace the ones that they have rather than adding more.
Revising to Change the Point of View – This is the most difficult of the three and works best with students who are already familiar with revising and with point of view in literature, but for those students it can be a fun and challenging activity. Students will be interested to see how telling a story from the point of view of a different character, or in the first person rather than the third person, can give a whole different outlook to a story.
Here are some additional revising activities, an interactive PowerPoint presentation and a set of practice sheets, available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. The PowerPoint presentation introduces the topic of revising and teaches students several methods of revising including: adding content, deleting content, changing the order, changing the point of view or the tense, adding or replacing specific words, and adding dialog. This worksheet set includes these revising topics: organizing, adding descriptive words, omitting unnecessary words, adding dialog, and revising to change tense, and these proofreading topics: fragments, comma splices, run-on sentences, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, choosing the correct homophone, and writing dialog.
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