Reflection: Essay Writing Writing with Colors: Using Highlighters to Edit Our Work - Section 3: Now We Know What to Edit


I started the discussion about passive tense by asking students to count the number of times they use the words is, was, and are. I could hear them counting well into double digits and said,"If you have more than three, you have too many." I knew that would get their attention. Mouths dropped. Then I explained that many of these sentences would be much stronger just by rearranging the subject of the sentence or by redirecting the focus. We shared some examples and I set them off to improve their own essays. In a short time, I saw major progress. 

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Writing with Colors: Using Highlighters to Edit Our Work

Unit 8: Long Composition on Choice Reading
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: SWBAT develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach by highlighting and editing their rough drafts on a choice read.

Big Idea: Writing with Colors "highlights" the strengths and weaknesses in the rough draft.

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