Revising and Editing

EditingAs teachers we sometimes forget that students often do not understand what we mean when we ask them to edit.  It is interesting when you ask them, their responses are often all related to fixing spelling and punctuation. They seem focused on editing for Conventions.   Students have to be shown how to edit for Meaning, Style and Form. They also need to be shown how to use spell check.

Editing for Meaning:

  • Ask students to have someone else read and make comments on document (insert comments) InsertCommentsInstructions
  • Using the speak selection option, have the computer/iPad read the document

Editing for Style:

  • Have students turn on Track Changes:Editingwork-trackChanges
  • In Word turn on the Readability Statistics and explain how letter and word count works
  • Ask students to use a thesaurus to change simple words to more detailed or concise words
  • Ask students to combine sentences
  • Highlight the first word in every sentence to see if they always start a sentence the same way
  • Change beginning of sentence by avoiding starting the sentence with a noun.  Try using verbs, adverbs, prepositions or clauses.
  • Give the students an electronic copy of this document:WordChoiceSuggestions

Editing for Form:

  • Have students check for topic/concluding paragraphs and topic/concluding sentences.
  • Students can copy topic sentences (paragraph) to another document and have peer read and give feed back on what the paragraph (writing) may be about. (See InsertCommentsInstructions above)

Editing for Conventions

  • Teach them how to use spell check and how to recheck a document.

Overall Editing

  • Remember to use the Quick Scales during the writing process
  • Have students highlight where they think they are on the QS and highlight excerpts of their document to prove

Using Word Clouds

Using Tagxedo
(Frisbee added with drawing app, Seashore)

Word Clouds have been out there for several years. Students input text into generator and then create a visual cloud of their words. The larger the text, the more it is used in the document.  Get your students to use them creatively in the classroom!

Here are several ways:

  1. Create a Concrete Poem
  2. Narrow ideas into keywords
  3. Highlight the important concepts/ideas in a piece of their own writing
  4. Most important points/facts about a fiction or nonfiction piece
  5. Title Page
  6. Review a concept/topic or vocabulary
  7. Create tags for website
  8. Create graphics for a presentation

The possibilites are endless.

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  • allows students to write or paste text
  • change font/colour/layout
  • no choice of shape
  • cannot save, must capture screen

    Using Tagcloud an iPad app


  • allows students to write or paste text
  • change font/colour/layout
  • a selection of shapes, or upload own shape
  • save or capture screen


  • allows students to write or paste text
  • change font/colour/layout
  • no choice of shape
  • save or capture screen


ipad users can use TagCloud



Fairy Tale Writing: Fractured Fairy Tales

  1. Brainstorm Characteristics of Fairy Tale: Beginning, Ending, Setting, Characters, Problems etc.
  2. Decide on a fairy tale to write a parody on (try your favourite or least favourite)
  3. Reread the fairy tale in order to become an expert on the events
  4. Research to become familiar:
  5. Draft Story using Inspirations
  6. Change one of the literary elements: Point of View (reverse good guy bad guy), setting, etc.
  7. Write text for story
  8. Complete drawings for story: Drawcast or Drawing
  9. Use an Application to Present: Comic Life, PowerPoint/Keynote, Word/Pages, Book Creator etc

Interview a character from a fractured fairy tale and create aPodcast