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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  • Willow’s current favorite game is The Gingerbread Man game. She runs, runs, runs fast as she can. I can’t catch her. Willow wins Gingerbread Man.
  • She’s still stinkin’ cute. I still don’t like dog kisses in the face. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #catperson
  • Frankenweenie family movie night! Everyone I love in the same room together for two hours - a feat with teenagers and a traveling husband! I made dorky movie food. They thought it was cute. That’s a perfect Friday night in my book.
  • Many thanks to my dog-mom friends who have talked me through the WTF did I do, we were crazy to think we could handle a dog moments. Willow is SO FREAKING ADORABLE. She’s already sleeping through the night and has learned “leave it.” But OMG, a puppy, you guys. Going to co-op is now an ordeal, constantly watching for potty break signs, the biting. Sigh.
  • Our guiding question as we work through Frankenstein. Am I the only one who can get analysis overwhelm from some teacher guides? A 100 page teacher guide to Frankenstein? Holy cow! It’s too much. Are we trying to cover ALL THE THINGS in one book? Sure, there are dozens of interesting aspects we could analyze with any book. But I need a limit.
Trying to cover allusion and feminism and patriarchy and the nature of humanity and rights of the living and cloning and the tenets of romanticism and gothic literature and the educational theories of Locke and Rousseau (seriously not making that up) through one book...good grief, it’s exhausting.
What’s a provocative or interesting idea in this story? We still find that question enough of a jumping off point.
  • Breakfast read aloud for our October spooky theme. And when I say breakfast read aloud, I mean it’s October 9th and it’s the first day I’ve gotten my teens to the breakfast table at the same time AND I remembered to get the book out. 🤷🏻‍♀️ It still counts. #secularhomeschool #bravewriterteens #homeschoolhighschool #bravewriterlifestyle
  • Mystery Line Monday! We’re starting our spooky literature month, so the lines in October will come from various spooky works. I may do more than one line a week this month since I have several spooky lines. We’ll see how much crazy baby puppy brings to our life.😜
I’m not highlighting any literary elements in this one. It’s the idea I find intriguing. Something I want my teens to think about as they go out in the wider world and encounter different leadership. Also, we’re starting this book this week.
  • Hi! My name is Willow. I like toy crabs, pine straw and mad dashes in the yard to avoid nap time.

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