How many times have you assigned revision only to re-read the same errors over and over again? Welcome to the Digital Revision Station, a unique tool that makes it easier for teachers who assign a writing to give feedback and prevent having to lug all those drafts home over the weekend to grade. The Station is to be used for personal, literary, and transactive (informational and persuasive) writings in the middle school grades, but can be used in the early secondary grades as well. It is not meant to teach the genre of writing, but to allow the student to be self-directed during the basic revision process once the first draft has been completed.
The Station is color-coded for the different genres of writing – green for revisions that all writing needs, red for personal or literary (not poetry) writings, and blue for transactive writings. Therefore, for any given writing, students will use only the appropriate pages for that writing. For example, if students are revising a personal narrative, they will be directed to follow the green (all writing revision) and the red (personal and literary writing revision), but skip the blue (transactive writing revision).
With the Station, students are accountable for their own revision changes. Each section contains Do It tasks, followed directly by a Teacher Checkpoint. The Station can be used summatively or formatively since it shows how well a student understands a particular concept in the writing process. As students work at their own pace and complete a section, review their work on that section, giving appropriate feedback as necessary. If the section’s revision is acceptable, students are allowed to continue to the next Do It. Each section can be scored separately or the writing as a whole once the student has gotten through all 15 Do It tasks, depending upon your preference.
Check out the companion Revision Station Checklist