Monday, December 17, 2012

Response to Literature: Revising & Editing

1. IWBAT revise my response to literature to include more details.

2. IWBAT edit my response to literature to make sure I have no errors in capitalization, usage/grammar, punctuation, or spelling (CUPS).

Key Points:
1. Revising is literally "seeing again." When we revise our writing, we make changes to the way we express our ideas to make them clearer, more interesting, and more convincing.

2. Editing is correcting errors in conventions. CUPS is a useful acronym to list the things we edit for: Capitalization, Usage/grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling.

3. One way to revise is to add more details to our writing, which can make our writing both clearer and more interesting.


1. Practice revising Mr. T's paragraphs:
  • Open Google Drive.
  • Click the document entitled Adding Details Practice - Your Name.
    • If you don't see the document in your Google Drive, follow these instructions: 
      • Open Mr. T's paragraphs in this document.
      • The Google document is read-only, so you must copy it into your own Google Drive and save it as your own document in order to make changes:
      • Click Make a Copy under the File menu.
      • Type in the name of your file to be saved: "Adding Details Practice." Click OK.
      • Your copy of Mr. T's document will open in a new tab, and you can start revising.
  • Track Mr. T as he demonstrates how to revise by adding details to writing.
  • Revise Mr. T's paragraph by adding details, using the same procedure Mr. T just demonstrated.

2. You will now revise your response to literature by adding details, using the same procedure.

3. Read a teammate's response to literature and make comments to suggest how he/she could add details to improve the clarity and interest of writing:
  • Open this spreadsheet with links to your teammates' essays.
  • Find your partner's name and click the link to his/her education essay. (And click it again.)
  • Your partner's response to literature should open in a new tab.
  • You can now read your partner's essay and make comments on it.
    • To make a comment, select the part of the text that you want to comment on and click Comment under the Insert menu. You can also push CTRL + ALT + M.
    • Help your partner improve his/her response to literature by suggesting places and ways to add details to the writing.
    • It's okay to make other compliments and suggestions, but focus on adding details.
  • If you finish early, help another teammate by reading and commenting on it.

4. Edit your writing. Check for these things:
  • you have capitalized the first word of each sentence
  • you have a punctuation mark at the end of each sentence
  • there is a space after each period and each comma
  • you have indented each paragraph using the TAB key
  • you have skipped to next line when starting a new paragraph
  • there are no misspelled words (no words with squiggly red line underneath)

5. Make sure you have submitted your response to literature to Mr. T: click here

6. If you finish early, you may complete these activities:
  • read about an interesting quote by Martin Niemoller here
  • Read about Elie Wiesel and his foundation on their website.
  • Read Elie Wiesel's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech here.
  • Watch these videos:
    • Elie Wiesel with President Obama, outside Buchenwald: click here
    • Elie Wiesel discussing his view on forgiveness: click here
    • Oprah's interview with Elie Wiesel at Auschwitz: click here

Homework: Complete final draft (finish revising and editing, make any final changes)

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