Do you have any ideas on teaching kids how to revise their writing? My grade 2s hate to do it. They love what they have written and don't want to change it. They also don't seem to be able to see/hear the changes that need to be made. They get grouchy if I make suggestions during conferences and some of them really fight me on making changes. I tried to teach them that all authors have Editors and that although authors do edit and revise their own work, the Editor in chief has the ultimate say in what gets changed. If they don't make the changes they risk their readers not understanding their information or being misinformed because their information (for non-fiction writing) is incorrect. They still grumble!
Editing and revising are difficult concepts for students to grasp the benefit of. I have done an art play dough lesson to help with this. I buy the set of small containers of Play Dough from Target and have each student use one color to make a sculpture. They then show it to a friend and explain it. The friend gives a suggestion that they can or cannot take. The next step is using a color from their friend and adding it to their sculpture. This type of work goes on as they share with friends, add to it with different colors, and even take something away. When this process is finished we name our sculptures and then share it with the class. The big focus is that it is better now then it was at first.
Other fun ways to edit are to have them look through their writing backwards to find spelling errors. When a person looks through it as they are reading it they get stuck on the content instead of looking for spelling errors. It is amazing what happens when they read through it starting at the end.
Try having your sttudents cut up their paper and add paper if they are adding a new sentence or detail into their writing. This is a great way to beging because then they don't have to write the whole thing over again.
My favorite way for teaching revising is through video and making movies. Students have no problem going back and revising and editing their writing when it is meaningful to them. I make sure to always connect what they are doing with making movies is the same as if they are writing stories.
Trying to get young students to see the importance of editing and revising is key. If they are just told to do it because that is what writers do then they will not have buy in and will not see the reasoning.
I hope these quick suggestions help. I think this will be a great future blog post!
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