Tonight I asked my first grade daughter, “What did you do in writing workshop today?”
She beamed — literally beamed up at me with her toothless grin and said, “Oh Mom, it was great — I learned how to fix up and fancy up my writing! A celebration is coming!”
And here you have it — the way thinking evolves. Looking into her sparkling eyes I remembered the term Lucy used in her Small Moment book about editing and preparing for a celebration. Then, of course, I considered my latest post and feel the need to process the use of the phrase “fixing writing” a bit more.
I understand this use of the term. However, not when it comes to revising. I think it is a dangerous term to use when asking students to revise their writing. Revision is when writers work the words. There are endless possibilities and many can be “right” when it comes to this kind of work.
In stark contrast, there are often limited right ways when it comes to Standard English — in this case, I suppose we do fix our writing.
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