Education Technology

NCTE: Exploring Language

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Following an overview about the writing process, students will review basic grammar and figures of speech to effectively revise and add these elements to a piece of writing. The focus of this activity is the editing and revising stage of the process.

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 StudyCards™ and NoteFolio™ Apps on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the StudyCards and 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

    Near the end of the class period, distribute a copy of the "Free Writing Activity" work sheet to each student. Read over the instructions and the sample topics provided on the sheet. Also review the process for creating and storing a new NoteFolio file on their TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus.