Revision can be a scary process for anyone, and especially students. Stepping back from our writing and looking at it critically is not an easy task. How can you help your students, no matter what age they are, learn the process of revision and hone their editorial skills? The following resources from Annenberg Learner provide strategies and insights for teaching this essential writing technique.
Watch as Sheryl Block teaches her fourth graders strategies to elaborate on ideas in their writing in Inside Writing Communities, Grades 3-5, program 13, “Learning to Revise.” Use the interactive What Do Revision Choices Reveal? on observing student revisions to make them better writers.
Students in Tatiana With’s class use multiple drafts to revise their prose in Teaching Reading, 3-5, “Revising for Clarity.” As the kids discuss the revision process, one student says “My hardest piece was the revising part. I usually have to write one, two, three drafts. I usually find it kind of hard to find all my mistakes and correct them without missing any of them.”
Do you have students who are resistant to revising their writing? Watch as three teachers use multiple strategies and fun activities to motivate their students in Write in the Middle, workshop 8, “Teaching the Power of Revision.”
The Developing Writers workshop for high school teachers focuses on developing writing communities in the classroom and includes revision techniques throughout each video. For example, in workshop 2, “A Shared Path,” students share their work and provide feedback to their classmates. In workshop 4, students choose a genre for writing based on their purpose and mindfully edit their work using peer and teacher feedback, and self-reflection. Share the Top Ten Myths of Writing to help your students appreciate their individual writing potential.
Share your tips for teaching students to revise their work in the comments.