Revising by Using Feedback

Class began the usual way. Students completed a WA that had them taking a closer look at the capitalization rules we have started reviewing, and we went over that after they had a chance to discuss with their groups.

Before moving into notebook thinking, students wrote down our new set of weekly words below, and I gave them some examples of how those words would be used:

Gusto – noun – great enjoyment; zest

Luminous– adjective – giving off light; shining

Uncanny – adjective – mysterious or impossible to explain; strangely out of the ordinary

Somberly – adverb – to do/say something in a very serious or sad way

Somber (adjective) – very serious or sad

Adverb: Ben somberly walked through the hall.

Adjective: Ben was somber as he walked.

For Notebook Thinking today, we watched a video prompt submitted by a student. I reminded students that they can submit video prompts as a way to earn participation, and after we watched, I suggested students write about a time they feel they have been labeled or judged, or possible a time they labeled or judged someone else.

After writing, students took some time to think about the difference between revision and editing, and then I explained how editing is fixing the little things – making your writing correct – while revision is making your writing better. Our focus for today was using feedback to revise.

Mrs. Ruff came into our classroom, and she displayed the summary she wrote last week along with the feedback I had left for her on it. With the help of that feedback and the feedback the students were giving her, Mrs. Ruff was able to talk through how she would go about revising her summary, making sure to fix everything that needed to be fixed by going back to the article, sectioning it up based on the hint I gave her, and reworking her central idea and main ideas.

After this demonstration, students were able to go and revise their own pieces, turning them back in to me when they were done and getting started on the homework.


  1. Read for 25 minutes.
  2. Complete the plot sheet for THURSDAY.

Plot Structure Notes (follow Prezi)