Writer’s Toolbox

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Revising/Editing Strategies

Revision is the ongoing process of improving the content of a piece of writing.  Writing can be improved through the addition or deletion of prose contained in a piece.  Emphasis should be placed on elaboration of ideas contained in writing through the addition of specific details to paint a more specific image in the reader’s mind.

Revision Examples

· Adding detail in the form of adjectives and adverbs

· Adding strong verbs to describe action

· Adding similes and metaphors

· Adding a strong opening (hook)

· Improving the closing (closing with a punch)

· Addition or deletion of dialogue

· Changing words to make images more specific


Editing is the process of correcting spelling and grammar in a piece of writing.  This occurs after the revision process has been completed and just prior to the publishing phase.

Editing Examples

· Checking and correcting spelling

· Making sure tense is consistent throughout

· Checking and correcting grammar

· Correcting punctuation

Revision Versus Editing

What is the difference?




Revision Checklist

Revision Checklist 2

Editing Checklist

Ideas for Revision

Ideas for Revision 2

Common Revisions Needed

Paragraph Do’s

Replacing Over-used Words

Revising-Getting It Right

Revision Poster Grades 5-8

Revision Mini-Lessons

“Said” is Dead

Sentence Combining 1

Sentence Combining 2

Sentence Expanding

Sentence Expanding 1

Sentence Expanding 2

Sentence Expanding Worksheet

Sentence Modeling

Sentence Revising

Strong Synonyms