Drafting/Editing/Revision:

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Turn off the tools! Get ideas, text and content down.
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  • Turning off the tools. Go to Tools>Spellcheck>Options>click “Check spelling as you type”

Challenge your students with word count.
  • Tools>Word Count

Organization: Color-coding the text
  • View>Toolbars>Formatting
  • Develop common language—the pink = a topic sentence, blue is a supporting detail, etc

Transitions:
http://www.studygs.net/wrtstr6.htm
http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/taylorse/Taylors%20Elementary%20Curriculum%20Information/elatrans.asp
http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/h/transitionwords.htm
http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/h/chronologicalnarrativep.htm

http://teachers.plainfield.k12.in.us/wac/documents/PHSTransitionsHandout.pdf
http://www.elc.byu.edu/classes/buck/w_garden/classes/buck/transitions.html

Conventions:
http://www.readwritethink.org/MATERIALS/comic/

Spelling:
www.spellingcity.com
www.kidsspell.com

Sentence fluency:
  • Sentence combining:



Grade Level Analysis:
http://www.editcentral.com/gwt/com.editcentral.EC/EC.html


Word choice:


Voice:
  • Podcast your draft. Listen back to it and make notes on your hard copy about changes.
  • Have a peer read it into the podcast recorder and listen to his/her audio file.
  • Cut and paste your text into www.vozme.com. The female voice is a bit more bearable. Two other sites (with better voices): AT&T Text-to-speech |Expressivo

Peer Review:

View>Tool Bars> Drawing > Type in the text box
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Self Exploration:

www.flashearth.com

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vLibrary.html