Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
[Teacher-talkwrite6to8] Teaching the Power of Revision
From: Lindsay Ball <brynnsmom21_at_gmail.com_at_learner.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2016 11:41:48 +0900
"Revision is letting you rethink how you can this in the most powerful
way." I love revising. I've always loved trying to find a new word or
sentence to make my writing a little better. This is just one way I differ
from my students. Of course they don't like the revising process....more
work! If they know it needs to happen, maybe they will be more willing to
work on it. One activity shown in the video is perfect to show the impact
revising has. It is the activity Velvet had her students do in their
celebration circle. She had them read the before and after of sections in
their writing. I love it because it shows how much better something can get
just by taking a few more minutes to make it more vivid or detailed or make
more sense. It doesn't take long to have the students share a section, but
I think it would have a lasting impact on them.
Involving the five senses is always a great technique in revising. I often
have my students do this because it brings their writing to life. It helps
them remember more of what happened if it's a memory or it helps them tell
their stories better.
I also like the Exploding the Moment from Barry Lane. He says to find a
moment in the story that is important, get a blank piece of paper, and
explode that moment to show more detail. This is something I will use in
Velvet had her students read a story and with a partner find what was good
in it. All of the students share. She then chose three of those elements to
have her students work on in their own writing.
And again modeling is an important tool in this. Using my own writing, I
can show students before and after papers. I have done this on an overhead
projector and then discussed why the revisions made the paper better.