Brave Writer Teen Essay Guide Writing

Summer KISS Essay Series #8: Revision & Editing

Hey guys, it’s REVISION TIME!

Hang on a sec while I find myself some fortification.

This stage makes me want to break out in cliché quotes, like the opening lines from A Tale of Two Cities. With added cuss words

This is where the magic happens. It’s also where bad voodoo can happen. 

I love it. And I hate it

The good news (other than this is the last section in the guide, hallelujah!) is I learned to rein in my red pen monster and better handle this stage. I’ve written before about my revision process. And I made teacher notes so you guys can avoid my mistakes. 

The notes have lot of information, possibly skirting information overload. So I won’t take up space here with a long summary. But my main focus at this age and stage is achieving clarity of thought. That’s the area I found needed the most work during freshman and sophomore years. Early high school teens are expected to present more complex information than before, so they’re learning how to do it in a way that’s clear to a reader. It takes time and teacher support to learn that. Lots of support.

So keep that in mind! Clarity of thought. It’s like the One Thing principle for essays.

Most of the information offers different ways to achieve that clarity of thought. Don’t try to do them all; pick and choose just a few. Also, don’t try to fix everything in each essay.

I also lean into One Thing by tackling revision one paragraph at a time. At least for the most part. Maybe the intro and conclusion get done on the same day. Maybe not. I gauge it by how hard or easy the particular essay has been to write overall.

There are both student and teacher notes for this stage. I apologize in advance because your teacher notes are six pages long. But! It has lots of referenced tips and resources all organized so all you need to do is flip to the page. As always, if you have a question, just click on the contact page and send me a message.

And that’s it, you guys! That’s my complete post-Help for High School teen essay guide. Whew! I hope it helps the process of repeating the essay skills learned in H4HS easier for you.

I do have a little bonus for my Type A Brave Writer sisters out there. I typed up my scheduling notes too. I’ll put up one last essay series post with the pacing schedule.


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  • Slowly turning over the revision process to my high schoolers. I found a color-coded highlighter analysis of their body paragraphs helped them see the holes in their paper before I point it out. Training wheels, baby!
I explain my three highlighter revision process on my blog. Look under the essay guide series, then the revision post. Blog link in my profile.
  • Mystery Line Monday! I’m cutting it close today, posting late. But! Instead of getting a puppy in late October, I found out today we’re getting one this Saturday. Yay! And eek! Must finish preparing, fast!
So, the quote. It’s a bit dark and I would normally save it for our spooky theme in October. But I’m a bit distracted and busy, and I do live the way this phrase feels on the tongue. Hello, alliteration! You are one of my favorites! Plus we’re reading Hamlet right now, so reinforcing the lines.
  • Who is this person buying puppy supplies? It’s me. Same person who used to say she’d be fine living her entire life without owning a dog. 🤷🏻‍♀️
  • Snip & Pin editing still works wonders with teens! My 16 year old is writing a compare/contrast essay on Ponyo and The Little Mermaid movies. Arranging through snip & pin helped him come up with paragraph topics and if he should group his ideas in a point-by-point paragraph or block format.
Now we’re ready to rewatch the movies for more “evidence” and then expand his commentary. But first I need to restock movie treats. 🍿🍫🍬
  • Mystery Line Monday! I picked this one simply for cultural reference. #mysterylinemonday
  • Finally making my fall bingo card from the Homeschool Alliance intuitive planning session. It comes with a bingo card download, but I’m a washi tape nerd and feel somewhat guilty about ALL the washi tape I own. I now feel justified owning a 3 year supply of fall leaf tape. ☺️
Of course, I refuse to do pumpkin anything before official fall, if not October 1st. Yes, I’m anal like that. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I can’t get in the mood when it’s still 95 degrees and I’m sweating in shorts. Can’t rush Mother Nature! But I did go ahead and plan it last week while I was laid up in bed.
I appreciate the inspiration from the #homeschoolalliance. Such an easy way to have a touchpoint for the #bravewriterlifestyle! For September, we’re digging deeper into connecting and collaborating with our kids, expanding on a talk @juliebravewriter gave at the #bravelearner conference. Can’t wait to dig into the nuances, rewards, and challenges of collaboration!
#bravewriterteens #secularhomeschool #homeschoolhighschool
  • Mystery Line Monday! This one is such a giveaway. But I don’t care! It’s my favorite quote for birthdays, and today is my son’s 19th birthday! #mysterylinemonday
  • Wally and I got our alumni magazine in today. The same day Payton said he wanted to go to Auburn. The same teenager who two days ago still said he didn’t want to go to college. It took seeing just one fisheries research lab to help him cast a new vision for his life. War damn eagle!

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