Revision Plans

Time required: Varies

Grading: Minimal

Disciplines: All

Why:  Students are often reluctant to make changes in a completed draft.  Requiring a written revision plan encourages students to carefully consider feedback and retain ownership of their work. This plan also becomes a contract for work to be completed that can be used in evaluating the final product.

How:  Once students have gotten feedback on an assignment draft (from you and/or peers), require submission of a revision plan that details the changes the student will be making. This can be due at the beginning of the time period in which revision should take place, or could be submitted with the final draft.  Consider the following resource to help your students better understand the revision process as they construct their revision plans:

Adapted from The Elements of Teaching Writing by Katherine Gottschalk & Keith Hjortshoj, p. 68