Steps in the Writing Process: Accomplish Great Writing with the Revising Step

Contributor: Peggy Herisson. Lesson ID: 13000

You no doubt have a great vision for the piece you are writing. You want it to be as perfect as possible so readers will understand it. Now, you will need to work at some re-vision to get it there!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Have you ever jumped right on a writing assignment and knocked out that first draft proudly and early, knowing that it will ease your work load later? I have. But I have also forgotten all about it until the last minute. Suddenly, the deadline is around the corner, and I haven't even started my revisions! Questions flood through my brain: "Where do I start?" "How do I improve it?" "What was I even thinking when I wrote that paragraph?"

If this is you, you are in the right place. Read on to find out how to take those next steps in the writing process and get those 4 Rs of revision started: rearrange, remove, replace, and repeat!

revision quote

Focus on the above message as you prepare to revamp your first writing draft!

In the previous Related Lesson of our Steps in the Writing Process series, found in the right-hand sidebar, you learned that the second step in creating a complete piece of writing is the writing, or drafting, stage. You also had the opportunity to write and learn about writing a good hook, bridge, and thesis.

In this lesson, you are going to take your showpiece of perfection and start cleaning it up by creating revisions! Revisions are done by simply making changes to your draft by rearranging, removing, and replacing information, then repeating this process until no more revisions are needed. You may end up with several drafts of your writing before you actually publish your work.


The process of revising a written document involves evaluating and re-reading the document. It also requires moving sentences around, adding and removing statements, and rearranging sentences. Watch How-To Writing For Kids | Episode 4 | Revising Steps, by Teaching Without Frills, to get a better understanding of the revision process:


Revising a document helps it take a different shape from what was originally written. Revising involves the process of adding details to what was originally written to make it better. It also involves moving text around and replacing whatever is not quite right. Remember that the proofreading and editing are done in the last two stages, covered in the next Related Lesson. Revising involves your perception and hidden patterns of how you think your writing should be. Concentrate on that, and leave checking the conventions until later.

Watch Starring Details: Helping Writers Revise by Adding Details, by The Balanced Literacy Diet, and explore how to add details to your writing to create a more exciting piece:


Next, check out the slides below to see revising in action!

Move on over to the Got It! section to get started on the practice of revising your work.

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