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Revising Classroom Reports

Great job finishing your first draft! Now it's time to improve your writing through a series of revisions. When you revise, you think about the “big picture,” including the overall structure of your writing (beginning, middle, and ending) and the focus and supporting details you use. These activities will help you revise.

Revising to Add Specific Details

You can strengthen your report by replacing general ideas with specific details. Specific details include facts, statistics, and examples. These details help support your writing ideas.

  • General idea: The Catskill Mountains are big. (This doesn’t tell you much.)

  • Specific fact: The Catskills range covers an area the size of Connecticut.

  • Specific example and statistic: Slide Mountain rises 4,180 feet above the ground.

Add specific details.

Review the first draft of your report. Pick out two general ideas. Replace the ideas with specific facts, statistics, or examples. Note: This activity may require you to do additional research about your topic. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

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