Category Archive: editing

Responding to Reflection: Editing

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Professional writers often reach for professional editors in the writing world. Why not create the opportunity for students to be the professionals?

To Edit or Not to Edit

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TWT’s Third Annual Author Spotlight Series begins today. Starting us off is author and illustrator Ashley Spires who has some advice for dealing with criticism.

Five Grammar Lessons With Sneaky Double-Duty Goals 

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Check out these quick, easy grammar lessons that will clean up and power up your students’ writing.

An Eraser-Free Workshop and the Language We Use for Talking About It

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When I visit a classroom, one of the first things I often say to kids is, “Today, please don’t erase. I want to see ALL the great work you are doing as a writer. When you erase, your work disappears!” Often, this is what kids are accustomed to and they continue working away. But sometimes, kids stare at me as if I’ve got two heads.

Aim Higher: Setting Goals for Editing

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See how my students set personal editing goals.

Grammar Lessons: A Time and A Place

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Encouraging kids to make decisions about their writing, rather than blindly following grammar rules helps lifts the level of their thinking, and the level of their writing.

Does “Published” Need to be “Perfect?”

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There’s a reason for second and third editions of really great books–a writer’s work is never done, and is certainly never, ever perfect.

Editing Wonderings

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I’ve been thinking a lot about editing and conventions and writing workshop. My ideas keep twirling around and I’m trying to grab hold, but they don’t seem to want to be pinned down… Continue reading

Quips from Jeff Anderson

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Today I listened to Jeff Anderson speak. (Tomorrow I’ll be part of a study group he’s leading and watch him model in classrooms.) He is the author of Mechanically Inclined and Everyday Editing… Continue reading

Punctuation Is NOT An Editing Tool: It’s a Crafting Tool!

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I started reading Dan Feigelson’s Book Practical Punctuation: Lessons on Rule Making and Rule Breaking in Elementary Writing yesterday.  It’s the first time I’ve sat down and read a book on grammar and… Continue reading

Editing

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Need an editing checklist? Click here to view the one I’m using with my students as they get ready to publish their personal narratives.

Instead of fixing my kids’ spelling errors…

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Minimal Marking Originally uploaded by teachergal I’m trying a Vopat Editing Technique called “Minimal Markings.” It’s basically where you put check marks in the margin of a student’s paper, which signals them that… Continue reading

Shifting Gears: From Drafting to Revision and Editing

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Poetry is one of my favorite genres to teach. I simply love the way the genre empowers ALL kids to have success with their words. (Quite frankly, I wish I could teach it… Continue reading

Blogs & Grammar

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Two months ago Pati, one of the Slice of Life Regulars, left this comment on one of our posts: As I have been working on this “Slice of Life Challenge,” while writing my… Continue reading

Revising… Editing… Publishing…

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My students are in the revision stage for their personal narratives. I’m anticipating a November 15th Publication Date. Hence, I’ve been working all morning to put together revision minilessons, an editing checklist, an… Continue reading