Over the last two months, the young authors in her classroom have been working on word choice and revision. Like all writers - at times - they do not look forward to revising because they often assume it is due to their inability to write - equating revision with error. However, being an author herself, Susan shared with them what the process is like for published authors - quoting from many of them. The students concluded all authors say the same thing: "I like my scissors a lot, they sometimes get more use than my pencil." - circa 1924 when cut and paste was the vogue pre-technology! Moving past this point, students have begun to revise instantaneously - similar to readers who correct miscues as they make them.
- creating a word wall with possible word choices for over used words, i.e. said, and, etc.
- teaching her students to use reference tools to find better choices
- reading mentor texts and discussing them (great authors of today read great authors of yesterday and get inspiration)
- sharing sections of student writing well done
- encouraging students to read stories out loud to themselves and then to their partner
- writing sentences with spelling sentences
- continuing to write because the more you write
BRAVO! How exciting!