Supporting the Author Cycle with Microsoft Word Features


I wanted my students to fully appreciate the importance of stages of the Author Cycle for their writing process and Microsoft Word was the perfect tool to hone their understandings.

In a unit of work on poetry, my students used Microsoft Word to follow through the Author Cycle. They:

  • Generated & Planned Poetry Ideas
  • Drafted- using “Track Changes” to show decision making and editing choices.
  • Conferenced and Edited- Using “Comments” to give and receive effective feedback from others.
  • Publishing- Making presentation decisions, including formatting .

Students improved in their writing, as well as their ability to reflect upon their writing process. They developed the Metalanguage to talk effectively about writing choices through the author journey.


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