The revising and editing stage of the writing process can be difficult for students because they don't purposely write with mistakes, therefore they have a hard time spotting them.
So, when you announce with enthusiasm, "Okay, now that you've written your first drafts go ahead and revise and edit your essays!" it shouldn't surprise you that magic doesn't automatically happen in the classroom.
For the past 3 years I've used ratiocination to provide my students with guidelines on how to revise and edit their essays. Ratiocination is a strategy that can be used to teach revising and grammar within the writing process.
Simply stated, I love it for a few reasons:
1) It is presented in steps and when used over and over with their writing throughout the year my students are able to memorize the steps and use them during the required state testing.
2) I can change the steps to cater to the needs of my students.
3) The strategy is great for ALL students because it helps them to VISUALLY see the mistakes in their writing.
4) It encourages students to share their writing with a partner for a revising and editing peer conference. (Takes some of the load off of me!)
-Ratiocination - 9 Steps for Revising & Editing Your Essay (printable, editable)
-Review of steps sheet - offers reasoning behind some of the steps (although most steps are self-explanatory)
-Alternative suggestions of Ratiocination Steps
This strategy has helped my 7th graders immensely and I hope they help your students as well!