One of the most difficult steps in teaching writing is convincing students to revise. Not just to “make corrections” but to truly re-create their initial attempt at words on paper. This mini-lesson is an attempt to force writers’ best revisions.
This exercise may result in a new first draft that is not ready for print. That’s perfectly acceptable. Assessment of this exercise will be of effort at revision, not completion of the draft. Students will self-assess and then be assessed by the teacher on these points:
How does the new draft of your story differ from the original?
How vivid is the image in the lead?
Were you able to add other imagery anywhere else in the story?
Did you correct grammar mistakes? Especially the ones we discussed in class?
Is the story ready to be published, or still need more work? What further interviews do you need if it’s not ready? What further research do you maybe need to do? How could your editors or teacher be of help in this?