Revising and Publishing

Contributor: Nancy Mikhail. Lesson ID: 12927

The ride was fun. I ate cotton candy. It was sunny. I ain't kidding. BORING! All good authors need to make their writing interesting and lively! Learn how to make your writing shine and "taste" good!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Doesn't a freshly-polished car look nice and smooth and attractive? The same is true for your writing!

  • What does "polishing" your writing really mean?

If you have been working on a story, article, or other piece, you most likely have worked through the writing process to list ideas and organize the ideas into detailed sentences as a story draft. Now, it’s time to make your writing even better, or polish it off!

The polishing, or revising and editing, stages of the writing process include steps to make your writing better and more enjoyable for the reader.

Read your writing, stop after each sentence, and ask yourself,

  • "Does that make sense? Is there any way I might make it better?"

If so, make the changes.

Use the chart below to help you get a better understanding of the revising and editing you will do with your writing. Your parent or teacher can copy it on a sheet of paper for you to look at as you work:



Add sentences and words

Capitalize names, places, titles, months, etc.

Remove words or sentences you don’t need

Usage nouns and verbs are correctly used

Move Change a word or placement of a sentence

Punctuation periods, quotes, commas, semicolons, apostrophe, etc. 

Substitute Trade words or sentences for new ones. 

Spelling Check all words, look for homophones, use a dictionary.

  • What differences do you see between editing and revising?

You can see from this chart that revising is making more detailed changes to the writing to make it clearer, and making sure there are not any mistakes. Editing is making corrections to grammatical and mechanical errors.

For example, when revising, you want to reread your sentences and look at each word carefully, considering if there are different words that could suit that sentence or if words could be moved or removed. If the sentence stated, “I like ice cream because it is sweet," this sentence could be revised to, “I enjoy the sweet and creamy taste of ice cream.” The substitution included changing "like" to "enjoy" because it makes the sentence more personal and fun.

Watch this great overview of revising from Teaching Without Frills, titled, Writing a Personal Narrative: Revising for Kids:


Continue on to the Got It? section for some more practice!

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