If there’s any book I’ve turned to over and over again that sits on my bookshelf and DOESN’T collect dust, it’s Georgia Heard‘s The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques That Work, which was published by Heinemann before I even started teaching. I’ve used it for the past four years to help lift the level of my students’ writing prior to publishing, which they’re getting ready to do next Thursday. 🙂
One thing I noticed is that many of them are abruptly ending their stories, which we all have the tendency to do. Hence, I turned to Heard’s book again when I was planning for the week ahead, last night, so that I could refresh my memory on how to teach my students different ways of concluding a story. Thanks to Heard’s short, focused advice, I feel as though I’m totally prepared for Monday’s Minilesson, which I know will drastically lift the level of my students’ writing.
If you don’t have it, then go online and just look at the chapter Heinemann has posted on their website from this book. It’s Chapter Three, which is just oozing with amazing revision strategies. You don’t have to use them all as minilessons… many of these ideas will make great conferring and strategy lesson ideas.
Finally, be sure to check out the new book Heard is publishing with Lester L. Laminack while you’re over at the Heinemann Site. It looks like a book that even I, as an upper grade elementary school teacher, would want to have in my library.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).