For the first three days of the week, we worked on getting to a "finishing point" of our research. The focus this week was on crafting introductions and conclusions and then revising and editing the drafts in our writer's notebooks. For the revision process, we did a kind "paint by number" process in which we used specific colored markers to highlight the drafts. For example, we circled all end punctuation in red and then numbered the circles. (This helped easily identify whether the paragraphs met the length goal - grade + 1.) We underlined alternating sentences in purple and yellow. (This made it easy to compare sentence length so that we could aim for a variety. A good mixture of sentence length makes the writing flow more smoothly; too many short ones and the writing is choppy; too many long ones and it becomes confusing.) We circled all of the main verbs and verb phrases in green. (This helped us to evaluate whether the writing contained an overabundance of being verbs.) Finally, since part of the lessons about research writing included thinking about transtional words and phrases, we made sure to document evidence of those in orange.
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You might find the following codes on work returned to you for revision. Here's what they mean:
≣ = missing capital
The sentence has a word that needs to be capitalized.
/ = extra capital
There is a capital letter in the sentence that should be lower case.
P = punctuation
There is a punctuation error in the sentence that you SHOULD be able to find and correct.
C = context
The sentence needs more detail/context to show the writer's thinking or the word's meaning.
S/V = subject/verb
The sentence does not have subject-verb agreement. Make sure that you have used a singular verb with a singular subject and a plural verb with a plural subject.
F = fragment
The sentence, as written, is a fragment. Make sure you have a subject and a verb.
RO = run-on
The sentence, as written, is a run-on. You have a variety of options for repairing run-ons.