Examine Your Practice
Sometimes a simple strategy can help students to realize that they can change what they've written and be willing to revise a piece they feel is finished. Read the following quote, consider your own students, and then answer the questions that follow.
One of the things we have to do is to realize for ourselves that there are ways of revising while the piece is being written; that revision doesn't just have to happen at the end. One of the ways that I get my kids to revise at the beginning is to write two or three different leads, two or three different beginnings. By just having them do that simple step, they begin to acknowledge that text is malleable and they can start to see the results of treating it as malleable, like writing a better beginning.
- How do you approach revising your own work? Do you make changes as you write or do you wait until you have finished a draft? What kinds of changes do you typically make?
- How do you approach revision in your classroom? What specific strategies do you teach your students? Do you think these strategies encourage them to revise?
- Based on what you've seen in "Learning To Revise" and your experience, what other strategies would you like to try with your students?