The Importance of Revision in Writing Composition

Christiansen, Mark
October 1990
Education Digest;Oct90, Vol. 56 Issue 2, p70
This article emphasizes the importance of revision in writing compositions. According to research, professional writers spend 25% of their time revising manuscripts, yet secondary school students devote less than 1% to editing and revising. Students need to learn techniques for editing papers so that what they finally submit is not equivalent to a first draft. The general accepted format for composition is selecting and narrowing a meaningful topic, preparing a thesis, organizing the main points, writing the paper, and finally, a teacher evaluating and marking the paper with a letter grade, In this last matter, however, students are unaware of, or do not understand teachers' evaluative criteria. In any case, they place scant emphasis on revision either before or after grading, and, consequently, do not come to value this important aspect of composition. Nevertheless, revision is critical in improving writing even though there seems to be no evidence to support one revision process over another. Teachers need to help students evaluate and revise their own work as objectively as possible. Students can evaluate and critique their own writing through the following ways: underlining the thesis sentences of their composition; asking students to write in class so teachers can help them in the process; giving a list of questions to guide the students when they are editing.


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