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Feb. 25 Webinar Notes – Drafting, Revising, and Editing

February 26th, 2010

Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday’s webinars. I’m grateful that the power stayed on throughout both sessions and we were able to get through them. The discussion in the chat box was lively in both sessions and we learned a lot from each other. Here are the highlights:

What is the difference between revision and editing?

A few thoughts from the participants:

  • I think anyone (teacher, peer, e.g.) can edit. Revising is done by the original author.
  • When I think of editing, I think of making corrections to obvious errors (ie. punctuation, spelling).  When I think of revising, I think of making improvements to getting the thought process on the paper in an organized fashion.
  • Revising is structural where editing is correcting errors.
  • Editing is the mechanics and revising is adding details, voice, etc.
  • Revising is ideas; editing is mechanics.  Together they make a piece of writing.
  • I think of revision as improvement and editing as correcting.
  • I think revisions go beyond surface.
  • Revising working with content; Editing working with mechanics etc.
  • Revising is improving content, editing is improving the punctuation and stuff.
  • Revision=changing what you’re saying, editing=polish.
  • Editing is for correcting mechanical parts and revising is re-working the language
  • Revising is thought based and editing is more mechanical.
  • Editing to me is more like correcting a grammatical error, spelling, etc. Revising involves more: changing
  • Revisions are content, editing-making ideas fit frameworks

Flexible TextOrganizing Drafts and Showing Progress

Teach students to organize drafts (as well as prewriting and organizing materials) in folders and use naming conventions for files. Have students use “Save As” to keep copies of all drafts to show their progress.

Taking Advantage of Flexible Text

Be sure students know how to manipulate text with copy or cut and paste, select and replace, find and replace, and drag and drop. Students are more likely to make real revisions in their writing when they no longer have to completely rewrite each new draft.

Writing Applications

Give students choices. Some have features that particular students need.

Applications on the MLTI MacBook:

Coming on next image:

Others to try (free downloads that can be dropped in the MyApps folder):

Editing Tools

Dictionaries and Thesauri

On Your MacBook

Online Tools

Why we love Alex…

Alex is a relatively new voice for Leopard that can be a great editing tool. Follow the directions for setting up a key stroke for reading selected text.

Grammar, Usage, and Writing Conventions Resources

Resources from participants in the chat box:

Image by Natalie Roberts licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

  1. May Mongue
    March 5th, 2010 at 14:10 | #1

    I enjoyed this session and got a tremendous amount of information as well as very useful websites! It lasted an hour but felt like a lot less – actually, I would’ve liked more time…

    Great presenters too.

  2. Helen Bredson
    May 30th, 2011 at 09:41 | #2

    Thanks for great tools! I’ll try to use them.
    I also use a few additional language tools in my practice, and they are not listed on your website:
    http://www.thesaurus.net/ – online thesaurus
    http://www.filesland.com/free/thesaurus.html – offline language tools.

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