Many teachers, including me, have experienced the struggle of getting our students to buy into seriously revising their original drafts.
I’ve tried modeling my own writing process, and have met with limited success.
I’ve previously posted this sixth-grader interviewing President Obama. He cut the President off when he began talking about students needing to revise their writing, and that reflects many students’ feelings about it:
I thought that this excerpt, in particular, would be a good one to share and have my mainstream students (I think it might be too difficult for my ELLs) respond to a prompt along the lines of:
According to Cheryl Strayed, what kind of relationship do original writing and the process of revising it have with each other? Do you agree with her? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.
What strategies do you use to get students invested into revising their writing?
Here is a video of President Obama’s moving eulogy at Reverend Clementa Pinckney’s funeral this afternoon. Here’s the transcript. I’ve also embedded some tweets sent during the service (Here’s a fascinating analysis of if by James Fallows):
I plan to highlight this next quotation in history class:
“History must not be a sword to justify injustice…but must be a manual for how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past” —@POTUS