How many of your students can't wait to complete the writing of their stories so that they can get onto the editing phase? Yes that's right - editing can be fun when you use the right tools. Students generally hate editing because they muck up that which has taken them ages to draft, and then they get to rewrite it again neatly - BORING!!!!
With "Track Changes" they get to see everything colour tracked that they alter at the editing phase and can save a copy of this, and then highlight all and have the final copy!
"Track Changes" is part of the Reviewing toolbar in both Word (PC and Mac) and Pages (Mac). You only switch on this feature once the students have completed the drafting phase AND BEFORE THE EDITING BEGINS.
In Word, this "Review" toolbar is usually one of the menus at the top of the page.
If you can't find the toolbar in your version, click on the "Help" menu and type in "Track changes". This should point you to the location in your version of the software.
On the new toolbar there will be an icon called "Track changes".
Sometimes with resequencing the tracking can get quite busy, so then I highlight and accept the changes and save several tracked iterations. You can then go on and track more changes, saving with every accept in order to keep a record of the work done at this phase.
There are two possibilities for displaying the tracking - balloons on and balloons off. Here is what tracking looks like with balloons on.
You can make this choice in the Review preferences - Go to Show Mark Up -> Preferences
This iteration is then saved as the published version.
Because they can demonstrate the changes made during editing, students can now be allocated or choose particular goals to be worked on during the editing phase in order to assist the reader and give them a better experience . Be sure to choose deep features first followed by surface features (the deep features make the most difference to the quality of the writing and may modify or remove sections - so no point in putting in the traffic lights and correcting spelling if those sections disappear during editing.