Cut and Paste


Tip: Cut and Paste

How do I do it?
When we reread a draft of something we have written sometimes we notice that something might be missing, it may tell the story or explain some parts out of order, or that we need to add more to it.  Cutting and pasting is much easier that rewriting the whole thing.  Using scissors and glue, we can either open up a space in the story to add a sentence or two; cut and rearrange a story to make more sense, or glue more on to the end.  Model doing all three with a story you have drafted yourself before directing students to use this revision strategy on their own.

Variations & Extensions
Students can practice this strategy with a story they are familiar with that you have rewritten or photo copied and then cut into sections. They need to rearrange it.  You can also illustrate a short story or make a cartoon version of a story for lower level proficiency students to rearrange.  Lower proficiency students may want to make story boards or a cartoon with short selections of dialogue for their story which they can then revise with the cut and paste strategy.

Common Core ELA Writing Standard 5
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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