This revision activity guides your students through looking at a piece of their own writing and revising it with grammar, style, and craft in mind, specifically focusing on verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and sentence types.
The act of revision is critical for students to improve their writing, and this activity gives them a step-by-step process for how to do it.
Your students will get instructions to revise their writing in the following ways:
- Replace linking verbs with vivid verbs
- Rework at least one sentence by starting the sentence with an adjective or an adjective phrase
- Rework at least one sentence by adding a delayed adverb or adverb phrase
- Increase fluency by examining sentence types in one paragraph and adding more sentence variety where needed.
Your students will also get access to a Google Slides presentation that reviews what all these grammar and style concepts are AND gives them examples of mentor sentences that showcase the concept.
By giving students a clear step-by-step plan for how to revise PLUS examples, they'll have the tools they need to craft better sentences.
For Whom This Lesson Is Intended:
- Any high school students in a traditional school or a student-propelled learning program including homeschoolers
- Students who have written an essay or creative piece that needs further revision, especially in terms of style, grammar, and craft.
- Older high school students preparing to write college entrance essays (this will guide them through how to craft their writing)
- Younger high school students who would benefit from deepening their understanding of revision in terms of style
How This Lesson Engages Your Learners:
- Lesson allows students to move at their own pace and work with their own writing, making it more meaningful than a disconnected writing piece
- Examples are provided for each grammatical and style concept so students can be confident they are completing each piece accurately
- Gives students autonomy in what parts of their essay/writing they revise
- This lesson should be used after you have taught the concepts of verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and sentence types. See below if you need lessons on any of those concepts!
- This lesson does not cover how to revise an essay regarding structural elements like organization, topic sentences, or thesis writing. It is geared toward working with verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and sentence types in order to develop style, craft, and to deepen an understanding of how grammar relates to writing and style.
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