Write About - Editing and Revising

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Write About was built to be a part of the writing process in classrooms, helping students find an audience and teachers give personalized feedback. Social publishing and writing pedagogy are part of the same conversation, and these resources and lessons will help your class make the transition to digital writing!


Editing Versus Revision

Sometimes people use “editing” and “revision” interchangeably. However, editing and revising are two different tasks with different purposes. Use the following chart to help understand that distinction.




Revision typically comes first

Editing typically comes after revision


Rethinking the ideas, organization and structure of the work

Rethinking the language, grammar and details of the work


Rebuilding the framework of a house

Repainting or redecorating the house

Focus Questions

Does this make sense?Should anything be deleted?

Should anything be added?

How does it flow?

Are my paragraphs well-organized? Or does anything need to be moved around?

Does the work need additional words, facts or details?

Does it need any work in fluency? In other words, are there a variety of short and long sentences?

Are there any words that can be changed for the sake of style and clarity?Does it have correct punctuation?

Are the verb tenses correct?

Does it have a variety of transition words?

Is the spelling correct?

Are there any homophones that need to be re-examined to make sure they are correct?