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Writing Workshop Pedagogy When it comes to revising and editing  your work there are hundreds of ways to  approach it. But the important part is to focus a  student’s attention on a single area at a time. By  breaking up the revision/ editing process we  eliminate the anxiety some students may get  when trying to fix their essays, because let’s  face it there are too many things to consider at  one time while writing. We want to encourage  our students with constructive feedback and not  discourage them with a page of red pen. We  must help our students realizing that writing is a  creative process, much like writing a song. You  have to choose a beat, find the rhythm, write  your lyrics, and make a hook and bridge all in  harmony. This can be accomplished in a number of  different ways. Student centered o Self-monitoring systems o Teacher conferences Small groups o Stations Partner exercises o Read aloud o Peer conferences Whole group instruction o Mini lessons
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Step5: Editing Editing is what you  begin doing as soon as you finish your first draft. You reread your draft to see, for example,  whether the paper is well-organized, the transitions between paragraphs are smooth, and your  evidence really backs up your argument. You can edit on several levels: Content- Have you done everything the assignment requires? Have you supported each  point with adequate evidence? Is all of the information in your paper relevant to the  assignment and/or your overall writing goal?  Overall structure-  Does your paper have an appropriate introduction and conclusion? Is  your thesis clearly stated in your introduction? Is it clear how each paragraph in the body  of your paper is related to your thesis? Are the paragraphs arranged in a logical  sequence? Have you made clear transitions between paragraphs?  Structure within paragraphs- Does each paragraph have a clear topic sentence? Does  each paragraph stick to one main idea? Are there any extraneous or missing sentences in  any of your paragraphs? Clarity- Have you defined any important terms that might be unclear to your reader? Is  the meaning of each sentence clear?  Style- Have you used an appropriate tone (formal, informal, persuasive, etc)?Have you varied the length and structure of your sentences? Do you tend to use the passive voice too often?
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