Key Practices To Observe
"Learning To Revise" and "Modeling Revision" explore common issues in teaching revision to upper elementary students and specific strategies to help students revise their writing. They feature commentary from experts on teaching writing at the elementary level as well as classroom illustrations highlighting the practices of several teachers. See Profiles
As you watch, look for the following key practices:
- Teachers define revision broadly and model strategies for "re-seeing" ideas and writing throughout the composing process, not just at the end.
- Students choose from this repertoire of revision strategies and learn when to use specific strategies for specific purposes and effects.
- Teachers model a reflective approach to revision through mini-lessons and conferences and by questioning their own writing.
- Students practice using reflection and questioning to help them revise.
- By internalizing the reflective stance modeled in the classroom, students learn to revise based on the point of view of their potential audience.
- Teachers help students take risks with their revision choices by nurturing a playful sensibility about writing.
- Students are able to revise without feeling the anxiety of achieving correctness.
- Students talk about and reflect on their use of revision strategies and have regular opportunities to share their revisions with peers.
- Students realize that revision is often experimental and that writers are not bound to the changes they make.