Are your students reluctant to return to a draft? Do they announce, I’m done!” and feel it is good enough? Do they need specific suggestions or personal guidance from you, the teacher, before adding to or changing their writing? This activity/strategy is designed to get students to closely read their own drafts, or the draft of a peer in a conference, and then use what they notice to revise their piece. It guides them to focus on specific traits of writing or techniques a writer uses. It helps them to become close readers as well as close writers!
This product includes a revision checklist in both a bookmark and a full page sign version that could be kept as a reference in students’ writing folder or glued into a writer’s notebook. (Black and white, as well as full color versions are included).
There is also a “Noticings and Next Steps” reflection sheet.
Invite students to closely read through their writing and underline evidence of that trait or writing technique. You may have them read for one trait or “color” at a time, especially as they are becoming familiar with the checklist, or if you have only focused on particular ones in your lessons. Students use colored pencils, skinny markers, highlighters, or crayons to underline in their drafts the evidence of that trait or technique. If, as they reread their piece, they notice a place where they could revise for that trait, they place a caret (^) of the appropriate color to indicate a spot where they need to revise.