Change, Add, Deleteshared by ISUComm on August 18, 2014
This activity teaches revision as a process and how to provide peer-feedback on a draft. I use a clever attention grabber and begin to ask students to change, add, or delete different parts of their essays.
“This activity works best in the classroom. If you are trying to teach students how to revise, I recommend this activity as a creative and fun method for teaching the different actions of revision. Sometimes revision can seem like a difficult practice, and this activity allows students to play with their writing.”
- Before beginning the activity, students should bring a rough draft of their essays.
- Ask the students to take out their papers and get ready to revise
- Then ask a student to come to the front of the class and roll the dice. These are two small wooden blocks with different messages. On one I have “change,” “add,” “delete” and on the other “word,” “sentence,” and “paragraph” on the other. Of course, you can also do this activity by drawing these messages from two hat.
- Sometimes you will get a student who does not want to do what the dice suggest, like delete a paragraph. If the dice roll add a paragraph that student will quickly add back the paragraph they were forced to delete. I encourage them to delete the paragraph for the activity and explain they can always put the paragraph back when we are done.
- Tell the students that the goal of this activity is to show them a process of re-writing; writing is a process that requires playing with the text until it feels appropriate for the task at hand.