Assigning Essay Revisions: 6 Reasons Why Students Should Revise Their Final Drafts

Writing is a cyclical process. And even though we have our students turn in final draft versions of their papers, any middle school or high school English teacher can tell you that these final drafts are quite far from final. That is why assigning essay revisions is so critical! Keep reading to learn six reasons why ELA teachers should assign essay revisions to students -even after they submit their final drafts. 

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Teaching the Essay Outline: How to Outline an Essay

Writing is a process, and one of the most crucial steps in the writing process is brainstorming and organizing, so it only makes sense that I spend a considerable amount of time with my students on brainstorming and outlining their essays. Teaching students how to outline an essay and teaching the essay outline is an important part of essay writing instruction.

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Teaching the Research Paper Part 1: Introducing the Research Paper and Preparing Students for the Assignment

There are three things every teacher should do before taking their students to the computer lab to research information for their research papers: teach the difference between reliable and unreliable sources, check to make sure every student has a self-generated research question, and help prepare students with key phrases and words to search. Whenever I begin teaching the research paper, I always share with my students the story of how I wrote my Master’s thesis paper. It was a 50 page paper with 50 different sources.

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