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Revision Strategies for Adolescent Writers

Revision Strategies for Adolescent Writers
Moving Students in the Write Direction

Foreword by Vickie Spandel

May 2015 | 152 pages | Corwin
The Write Moves provides a comprehensive treatment of the revision process. It is a guide for secondary teachers to use in their classrooms so that revision strategies can be modeled and taught successfully. The authors present over 30 innovative strategies for teachers that are based on the following 10 keys for effective revision: 1. Teachers who better understand the writing process and the role of revision can better instruct. 2. Teachers who are writers and model revision strategies for their students have students who understand the revision process better. 3. Teachers who spend time frontloading through planning, rehearsing, and conversing during the prewriting stage provide ample information that streamlines the revision process. 4. Teachers who engage in explicit instruction explaining revision as the thought process of seeing their writing again have students who are more willing to apply the revision strategies to their own writing. 5. When students have choice of topic, they are often more motivated to go through the revision process. 6. When students are writing for an authentic purpose and a specific audience, they are more motivated to go through the revision process. 7. When students have an understanding of the prompt and ongoing assessment is done through checking for understanding, they are more aware of the teachers' expectations for revision. 8. One-on-one conferencing with the teacher facilitates each student's thinking during the revision process. 9. Students who hold peer conversations about their writing with guidance from the teacher gather more ideas to incorporate into their revisions. 10. Teachers who read aloud and think aloud the authors' purposes and discuss the authors' techniques are likely to have students who incorporate the authors' craft into their own writing.
About the Authors
Introduction: The Need for Revision Strategies
Revision Throughout the Writing Process
Part I. Think from the Start: Begin with Frontloading Activities
1. Code the Text
2. Cut, Slash, and Burn
3. Create a Character Sketch
4. Create an Argument
5. Write an Effective Speech
Part II. Focus on Ideas
6. Use Anecdotes
7. Expand the Memory, Expand the Text
8. Guided Revising
9. Search for Details: The Hunt
10. Read and Rewrite
11. Add Specifics
Part III. Focus on Organization
12. A B C Revision
13. Organize a Feature Article
14. Try a Different Genre
15. Snip 'n' Clip
16. Tally Up
Part IV. Focus on Voice, Word Choice, and Sentence Fluency
17. Create Authentic Voice
18. Write Less, Write More
19. Wordle
20. Sentence Fluency
21. Verbs! Get Some
Part V. Two Heads Are Better Than One: Peer Conference
23. Draw as a Way to Think and Revise
24. Marathon Writing
25. Pointing
Part VI. The Reading-Writing Connection: Consult Quality Literature
26. Once Upon a Time
27. And They Lived Happily Ever After
28. What Did You Say?
29. Paint a Picture with Words
30. Personification in Poetry
31. Write from Another Point of View
Part VII. Digital Communication by Nanci Werner-Burke
32. Vocabulary Exploration
33. Talk Before You Leap
34. All Together Now!
35. Give Me the Highlights
36. Picture This
List of Literature Cited

"Revision Strategies offers strategies and lesson ideas for helping students re-think and re-envision their drafts and in so doing produce outstanding work. The authors make the hard work of writing well something all students can accomplish. You need this book!"

Carol Jago, Director, California Reading and Literature Project, UCLA and Past President
National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL

"Revisions Strategies for Adolescent Writers: Moving in the WRITE Direction is an innovative and engaging writing resource! Its ready-to-use handbook structure is just what teachers need to take a fresh look at the teaching of writing. It will be welcomed by every educator who values writing as a lifelong skill."

Maureen McLaughlin, Reading Department
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

"From the groundbreaking work of Janet Emig to recent studies of revision in digital composing, researchers of writing processes find that when students understand and practice a rich sense of revision, their writing improves dramatically. Revision Strategies for Adolescent Writers offers a wide-ranging collection of instructional strategies teachers can use to help with this key element to improving student writing."

Tom Fox, Associate Director, Site Development
National Writing Project

“This is a practical text for any teacher of writing in Grades K-12, but a rarity in its usefulness of 6-12 applications for revision instruction. I’ve been teaching English 9-12 for 28 years and found this book to be immediately usable in my classroom.”

Sandra Moore, English Teacher
Coupeville High School, WA

“The greatest struggle of English teachers is finding ways to incorporate meaningful writing assignments into the curriculum, giving effective feedback, and helping students make changes in their writing beyond editing for grammar. The sound theories in this book give teachers strategies to help their students move from editing to true revision.”

Kristina Turner, English Teacher
T.L. Hanna High School, Anderson, SC

“Finally there are some practical ideas for teaching revision that don’t involve gallons of red ink and loaded weapons! I found whole new lessons on every page.”

Earl Squyres, Teacher
Jackson Hole High School, WY

"This is an important reference for language arts teachers. The strategies give students concrete ways of revising, and for kids who have a hard time verbalizing or explaining their ideas, this book provides techniques for them to expand and describe what they're talking about."

Sarah Lucci, Middle School English Teacher
Allentown School District, PA

Sample Materials & Chapters



Jolene A. Borgese

Jolene’s experiences came from the fact that she was a “young, naïve teacher with little writing instruction and experience.” The remedy: she became involved in the first writing project in Pennsylvania in the summer of 1980 when she attended the six-week summer writing institute. For the next 15 years she was the co-director of the project with Dr. Robert Weiss at West Chester University. Jolene taught Writing Strategies Courses, designed the “Summer Youth Writing Project” and went off site to lead Summer Institutes in different parts of the state. This life-changing event shaped her teaching, her career and most importantly her students’... More About Author

Richard E. Heyler

Dick’s interest in writing and visualizing goes back to his college days at Penn State University when he was a writing major with a minor in photography. After graduation, he traveled the country in a Kerouac-mode working as a photographer. From Maine to Colorado to Florida and every state in between, he met the people of the country and heard their stories. Returning from “the road” he began teaching English in the Athens Area School District in Athens, Pennsylvania. As his teaching shifted toward engaging his students in writing, he became more and more interested in the writing process, how the various elements interacted with each... More About Author

Stephanie A. Romano

Stephanie taught first and second grade where creative writing was a part of the language arts curriculum. She encouraged her students to be storytellers and write their stories down; not just Stephanie, but also her students and school community heard and saw the power of their stories through their authorship. Years later, Stephanie was offered a position as a reading specialist in a public school in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Her administration asked her to gain knowledge in the writing process so she could meld the reading-writing connection for her at-risk students. She participated in the Pennsylvania Writing Project at West Chester... More About Author

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