Revision “telephone” can help students to change the wording of lines or sections of their writing that they’re having trouble saying the way they want to say them. Students should select a sentence from their writing that is giving them difficulty. They read the line aloud and then they go around the circle, with each student changing the way the sentence is written/said but keeping the meaning/essence in tact. This allows the students to envision the different ways that their ideas can be stated and find the ones that are most powerful. Analyze for where the meaning changes (for better or for worse) to make sure choices are purposeful.
This activity can be done in small groups or with the whole class.
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