Editing your piece of writing is not about making sure the grammar or spelling is correct (save that for when you proofead the draft that for you is final); it's about making sure that the content is at its full potential.
In your first big edit of a piece of work, you want to make sure that you know -- and are conveying -- the main point, as in why you're writing this piece. It may take a few revisions to fully unearth the main concept. (Remember: The secret to good writing is revision!)
To help yourself with the big things, consider some of these questions as you go over your piece. It's always easier to write more than you need and cut it later than it is to scramble and add more at the last minute. (Hint: On your first big edits do NOT worry about the little stuff; read it through, then ask the questions.)
Writing is like panning for gold or hunting for diamonds. If you get good at it, you gain a skill needed to succeed, to gain confidence, to fully participate in any learning activity and to be active in community life -- If you can express yourself, you are more apt to participate. Simple as that.
This relates to the Challenge: History through Photos (https://mycommunity.ywpvt.org/node/281) This is the transcript of the recording of Florence Owens Thompson, the woman pictured here in Dorothea Lange's iconic taken in 1936 when Ms. Thompson was camped near a pea farm during the Great Depression and had been a migrant worker, picking vegetables and cotton wherever she could, to keep her family alive.
To create a writing classroom, feedback becomes an important part of the work. This is where youths learn that the secret to good writing is good self-editing, that exchange of feedback builds community and that external audience fosters purpose and self-motivation. In digital writing, the most complete method of providing feedback involves three and sometimes four circles of responses to the writing:
Tell your community story through poetry. Try the simplicity of Japanese haiku and tanka.
Japanese author Daistez T. Suzuki on the haiku poem: “[They] get inside an object, experience the object’s life, and feel its feelings.”
The haiku is a Japanese form of poetry that developed out of group poetry. Nearly nine hundred years ago groups of young poets gathered to write together what is called a renga, a type of collaborative poem. By the 1400s the short sections of the poem broke from the long poem and developed into haiku.
What is haiku? Although nothing is hard and fast, a haiku poem has these qualities: