Four ways to give ELL students feedback on their writing is the headline of one of my latest Teaching English – British Council posts.
17 Approaches for Encouraging Students to Revise Their Writing is a five part series in my Education Week Teacher column.
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 was prompted to think about this by finally getting around to reading a late March New York Times column titled What’s More Important to You: the Initial Rush of Prose or the Self-Editing and Revision That Come After 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.
John Spencer has also written a very helpful post titled NINE WAYS TO HELP STUDENTS EMBRACE THE REVISION PROCESS.
Here’s a great tweet to use:
Revision is important. I Fixed Katy Perry’s Tweet That No One Could Understand http://t.co/sJnFuQwBTl via @ira
— Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) July 23, 2015
Reader Tony shared this advice:
One of the best examples of revision is in the appendix of Stephen King’s book “On Writing”. He shows the first page of one of his novels, then shows a scan of his original draft, complete with hand-written revisions and notes. He then justifies each revision.
Could be a good piece to use with students.
Video: Ta-Nehisi Coates On The Importance Of Revision
Quote Of The Day: “Writing Is Selection”
Video: “George Saunders Explains How to Tell a Good Story”
Even the president revises. No one would dare read a 1st draft State of the Union Address. pic.twitter.com/GB5OQNxI7W
— Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) January 22, 2016
Five Steps To Revision: Warm and Cool Feedback is from the Teaching Channel:
A6: Like this chart on revising. Kids can pick the stance that speaks to them. #G2Great pic.twitter.com/XrWVagiBD5
— Kate Roberts (@teachkate) May 20, 2016
Getting Strategic About Teaching Revision in Writing appeared in Ed Week.
4 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Revise is from Edutopia.
Cleaning my office.
Here’s a bunch of My Shot drafts.
Songs take time. pic.twitter.com/nL5RntS3EA
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) August 16, 2016
Good writing is bad writing well edited.
KEVIN ASHTON#amwriting #writing #writetips pic.twitter.com/ZP6Bn0dtxA
— Jon Winokur (@AdviceToWriters) November 23, 2016
Teachers often request this image after my school visit.
Right=Final Manuscript#edchat @SSEdLib
more @https://t.co/GAtCbEAash pic.twitter.com/SuT8A7Xqxg
— Jim Averbeck (@jimaverbeck) December 10, 2016
THE ART OF REVISION: MOST OF WHAT YOU WRITE SHOULD BE CUT is from Lit Hub.
What I write is smarter than I am, because I can re-write it.
SUSAN SONTAG#amwriting #writing pic.twitter.com/4JYWHS7Ek5
— Jon Winokur (@AdviceToWriters) December 23, 2016
FDR gave “Four Freedoms” speech to Congress this week 1941–here are his changes on fifth draft: #FDRL pic.twitter.com/Mb9d00rWY5
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) January 2, 2017
Keep Rewriting Alive in the Classroom is from Ed Week.
I write to find what I have to say. I edit to figure out how to say it right.
CHERYL STRAYED#amwriting #writing pic.twitter.com/olqoS3PgFS
— Jon Winokur (@AdviceToWriters) June 22, 2017
Fun way to show students revision in action: 6 Contemporary Poets Share Their Process https://t.co/1bifwRxEG5 #engchat pic.twitter.com/dVDXN3Wm0T
— Katherine Schulten (@KSchulten) August 3, 2017
Why I (Re)Write? #NationalDayofWriting is from Used Books in Class.
Revising his Pearl Harbor address to Congress, FDR changes “world history” to “infamy”: pic.twitter.com/W4nfQSwbib
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) December 7, 2017
Rethinking Revision: The Real Work of Writing appeared in Middleweb.
“Almost all good #writing begins with terrible first efforts…”https://t.co/q0drGduaZo#amwriting #writetip
— Jon Winokur (@AdviceToWriters) October 11, 2018
Students often get discouraged when they receive copious feedback on their writing. But show them this: Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Caro edits himself, harshly. There is no great writing. Only great re-writing. pic.twitter.com/lDI4SoOFvo
— Angela Duckworth (@angeladuckw) June 20, 2019
How to Edit Your Own Writing is from The NY Times.
Ninety percent of writing is rewriting, dear writer.
— Brent Staples (@BrentNYT) November 19, 2020
Here’s why students don’t revise what they write – and why they should is from The Conversation.
For student writers too. https://t.co/skvIbRLXBt
— Katherine Schulten (@KSchulten) May 2, 2021
Here’s why students don’t revise what they write — and why they should is from The National Writing Project.
Good to show students so they can see the value in making revisions https://t.co/mzbLBKSrrK
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) December 24, 2021
Writing Is Revising is from MATTHEW M. JOHNSON.
When Revising, Read Out Loud is from The Learning Scientists.
What are your other suggestions?
I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.