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NCTE: Collaborating on Revising

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will use the material that they wrote using the free write prompts to give to two separate partners to revise so that it will contain more vivid and specific language. The revision will follow specific criteria outlined by the teacher.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio™ App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Determine if the students will select their own partners or if you will assign partners. In this activity, you might want to pair students with similar writing abilities together or put students with weak writing abilities together with those whose writing is strong.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the NoteFolio file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Practice their writing fluency during a series of free writing activities.
  • Understand what the writing process entails as well as the importance of the writing process in improving a piece of work.
  • Strengthen their revision skills.
  • Refresh their memories about the definitions and roles of verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.
  • Recognize the relationship between choice of language and audience response.
  • Strengthen their vocabularies by generating vocabulary alternatives.
  • Exercise ability to more effectively apply different figures of speech such as personification, similes, and metaphors.
  • Work effectively with other students.
  • Make productive use of peer feedback.
  • Assess how their own pieces of writing changed by carefully attending to language use.
  • After the Activity

    The students should use the teacher's computer to download both the original and the revised copies of the free write work. Each of these files can be copied and pasted into a Microsoft® Word document. Print the document and turn it in to the teacher.