Polishing refers to the
process of editing and revising based on an evaluation of the writing.
It is the hard work that a writer devotes to a piece of writing
that is likely to reach a wide audience and serves as a reflection
Response or feedback
on students' writing can significantly improve the quality of their
work. The response can be in the form of a conference with the teacher,
but it is also important to encourage peer response, since peers
constitute the primary audience. Student response groups can be
very helpful in reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of written
Students may need help
to understand that the revision of an article is a creative step
that all professional writers engage in frequently. It is not just
correcting a poorly written paper. Writers often go through many
revisions before they are satisfied with their work. It is helpful
if the teacher can arrange to have a professional writer talk with
the class about his or her own process of revision.
The questions that students
should ask themselves as they proceed through the polishing stage
- How can the responses
from others improve our paper?
- What new ideas do
we have for the paper?
- What information should
we add or delete?
- Have we corrected
all spelling and grammatical errors?