Motivating Young Writers to Revise
12/9/2011 12:55 PM
Teacher Denise Dusseau created the 3rd grade curriculum for the Common Core WriteSteps
Today’s blog features simple and effective teaching tips from our 3rd grade Curriculum Creator, Denise Dusseau. Denise is a gifted classroom teacher who used the Lucy Calkins writing program until we launched the Common Core WriteSteps in September.
She reported in our December Inspired Writer eNewsletter that since she started using WriteSteps, even her struggling writers are making wonderful gains! A quarter of her students have learning disabilities and/or ADD.
After you check out Denise’s teaching tips, be sure to see her Inspired Writer interview. In it, she discusses Lucy Calkins, help for struggling writers, implementing the Common Core, and more!
Motivating Students for the Long Haul
If children are told to revise, it usually leads to corrected spelling and punctuation.
We need to teach that revision means “to see again.”
~ Donald Graves, in Writing: Teachers and Children at Work
In Denise's experience -- not uncommon, I might add -- revising can be the the most challenging writing skill to teach. She says, "When we’ve already worked on a piece for a long time, and I ask my students to revise it, sometimes they want to throw their notebooks at me!" (She's quick to add, "That’s normal for this age!")
She's right, of course. Yet revising is essential. All writers do it, students need to learn how, and besides, it's a Common Core Standard. Writing Standard 3.5 states that students should, "With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing."
Here’s Denise, on how to make revising more appetizing:
Coming Soon -- More teaching tips from Denise!
Check back soon for more excellent tips from Denise, including her ideas about:
- Collecting Your Own Student Samples
- Opening & Closing Lessons to Drive Learning Home