How can you improve your draft?
Using feedback from a peer and/or teacher, strengthen your presentation with a focus on grammar and professional language.

Time To Complete 

2 hours

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.W.4
  • CCRA.W.5
Possible Activities 
  1. Give a mini-lesson on editing practices that authors use to ensure they have edited their work, including re-reading, reading the piece aloud, and having someone else read the piece to you.

  2. Pair students and have them read each other’s work aloud so the author can hear the words they have written and self-edit.  The purpose here is often the author’s eyes will read what they meant to write when re-reading, but another person can help them access exactly what is on the page.

  3. Conduct shared group editing to train students in the diligence necessary to edit. Project a student’s speech and, going line-by-line, have students find and correct any errors present.  Note: in choosing a speech it's a great practice to use one that reflects errors typical in your class to ensure students all learn from the shared experience. 

  4. After reviewing drafts, differentiate by giving each student 3-4 specific things to look for and correct in their draft such as “run-on sentences,” “word choice”, “sentence variety”, or “correct subject-verb agreement”. 

  5. After reviewing drafts you may want to offer a specific set of mini-lessons based on student need. These mini-lessons can then become part of the expectations for revising.

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