Students learn about the “craft” of writing during reviewing. Good writers review and rewrite text many times, making it more interesting, informative, and/or convincing. Differentiated instruction can help students to clarify meaning, improve flow, and edit text. Research shows that most students revise writing for mechanics and format. They also need to focus on clarity, engagement, or genre purpose. Explicit instruction, feedback from other readers, and ongoing support is the key to building reviewing skills.
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Teach students to ask themselves, “Does my writing reflect my original purpose? Has my purpose changed? How and why has my purpose changed?” Based on their differentiated needs, guide your students to acquire a variety of tools, strategies, and techniques to help them successfully review, revise, and edit their drafts.