Let’s face it. Students wait until the last minute to write their essays or research papers then turn in their work full of run-ons, fragments, misspellings, and dangling modifiers. And then there are the weak paragraphs with lack of details and elaboration. The current student mindset is “I answered the question. I don’t need the extra stuff because I just got straight to the point.” To help students understand the writing process, this activity is a metaphor using modeling compound for the writing process illustrating the importance of revising and editing student work. Students will create a pencil holder or cup out of modeling compound and draw connections between creating the holder and improving their design to the writing process.